Dermabrasion treatment involves resurfacing of the skin using a specially designed wire brush. It is a cosmetic procedure that aims to diminish the appearance of scars and fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure uses a motorized wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges to slough off the upper layers of the skin. The rapid motion of these machines exfoliates and levels the surface cells. New skin cells soon replace the damaged surface. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the skin before treatment. Ice packs are applied to prepare the skin for the treatment. For deeper dermabrasion, a freezing spray may be used to harden the skin. Small areas are treated with the dermabrader, cleaned and covered with ointment before moving on to the next patch. There may be mild bleeding is some areas. Dermabrasion can take a few minutes to more than an hour, depending on how much skin is being treated. Some patients may require more than one session. Recovery depends on the size and degree of the abrasion. New cells start appearing within 5 to 8 days. This new skin may appear pink and raw for 6 to 12 weeks after the procedure. The procedure is safe with mild side effects that subside over time. In some instance, medication may be required to control the pain and the inflammation. Regular monitoring and follow-ups are recommended for rapid recovery.
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