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Dermabrasion: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Dermabrasion is also referred as blepharoplasty.

How is the treatment done?

Dermabrasion is a process where the old dmaged skin is exfoliated in order to generate new skin. This process of treatment is generally used on the face of the patient to cure fine line, sun damage, acne scars and uneven textures. Dermabrasion is used for areas of the face as an alternative of chemical peeling and lasers as the process of dermabrasion is unlikely to have pigmentary changes whereas lasers and chemical peeling would leave some lines of demarcation between various regions of the skin. Dermabrasion is also effective to remove surgery scars, irregular scars from skin grafts, benign tumors etc. Dermabrasion also manages various skin cells which are affected by tattoos and pigment changes. Albinism can also be lightened by dermabrasion. The certtain patches of the skin maybe caused due to pollution and sun burns which can be extracted from the skin as they exist only in the pores. If you don't use any lotion then these patchs might get into the skin and casue permanent damage. The rejuvination of the skin requires you to have a good immune system and you need to take care of the skin if you want to avoid new patches. Dermabarasion have few side effects and do not cause much pain. There is a slight symptom of irritation after the exfoliation but the symptoms are temporary.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

It is a technique by which a rotating instrument is used to eliminate outer layers of the skin, usually it is used on the face. Dermabrasion is mainly used to improve the appearance of your skin. The treatment is effective for fine lines, sun damage, acne scars and uneven textures. A licensed dermatologist will numb the skin (anesthesia) before exfoliating the outer skin of your face and this is an outpatient action, which means that you can go home in order to recover from the treatment. Dermatologists also use a wire brush/ diamond wheel (known as burr or fraise) to eliminate the upper layers of your skin. This process causes the skin to wound and bleed and gradually new skin grows to replace the old damaged skin.There are different types of anesthesia for different people. Anesthesia for derambrasion depends on the extent of the treatment which you will receive. Most of the time general anesthesia is given during the procedure. The doctor uses an equipment called a derambrader across the skin which motorizes the rough skin patches. The procedure depends on the patches of your skin. If you have large patches then the doctor would need multiple sessions for the exfoliation.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

People who are healthy and have relatively minor skin diseases or imperfections can use dermabrasion as a source of treatment. Both men and women over the ages of 15 years can use dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is best suited for those who have realistic expectations of improving the skin condition as dermabrasion is a mild, non chemical procedure that cannot probably eliminate skin sagging or deep facial folds. Dermabrasion might be a very effective way of treating acne scars. Dermabrasion helps to exfoliate the damaged skin portions of acne and helps to generate a new acne free skin. Thus people who have clogged pores of oily skin should definitely use this method of treatment.

Are there any side effects?

However, dermabrasion is not recommended for those who have very deep scars or active keloids. This treatment is usually not encouraged for those who also have any immune system disorder or any form of unstable diabetes. It is also recommended that pregnant women should not go derambrasion. People who have also undergone other skin procedures such as collagen injections should avoid dermabrasion. It is always advised that you should first consult with your dermatologist when you face any problems as for the case of skin cancer, derambrasion cannot help you. People who use techniques of waxing and tanning should avoid those in order to get dermbasion treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

As dermabrasion involves exfoliating of skin therefore it leads to certain side effects. Common side effects are: Redness and swelling of the skin; this is because the damaged skin is being removed and it needs some time to grow back. Until it does, the skin sometimes appears to be red and a bit swollen. Enlarged pores; dermabrasion might lead to enlargement of pores for some time. Gradually the skin begins to shrink back to it’s original state and the swelling decreases. Skin reactions; in order to remove the scars by having a derambrasion procedure might lead to skin rashes, flaring up on skin etc.

How long does it take to recover?

To have an efficient derambrasion result one must need to take care of themselves even after the procedure. Some post treatment guidelines are to keep the skin after the procedure clean and moisturized at all times, using skin cleansers, avoiding scratching of parts of the new skin, avoiding direct sunlight for at least 7 days. However, the patients who cannot avoid direct sunlight are advised to apply a sunscreen lotion which has an SPF of 30 or more. After the procedure of dermabrasion is done, it is also advised that you should wash your face with non oily, non soap based cleansers, moisturizers, soaps regularly.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The new skin after the procedure of dermabrasion is usually swollen and red. The new skin is also sensitive to sunlight and it is known for a fact that you can gradually start to continue your normal day to day activities. You should give time for your new skin to heal and avoid sunlight thus you can have exposure to sunlight in about 2 weeks. After the procedure, the doctors advise the patients to avoid consuming alcohol for 3 to 4 weeks and it is also advised that you do not have direct contact with chlorinated water on your face directly for at least a month. However, you must always keep in touch with your dermatologist to be fully sure about the healing process as it is important for your new skin to grow back the pigments that they lost.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The procedure of dermabrasion usually takes about four to seven sessions. The first step is to find a doctor so there are some consultancy fees charged by dermatologists which depend from doctor to doctor which usually range from thousand to eighteen hundred rupees. However, the anesthesia and the diamond scrubbing range approximately between twenty five hundred and thirty five hundred rupees. Thus for four to seven sittings/sessions it can cost you approximately ten thousand to fifteen thousand rupees. However, there are some additional costs which you have to maintain because of usage of moisturizers, medicines and cleansers.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results of the dermabrasion procedure are quite effective if you follow the post treatment guidelines properly. The rejuvenation of the skin is a process that requires a bit of care and you need to maintain a good immune system in your body. The procedure of dermabrasion removes almost all patchy portions of the skin and the results are known to be very effective with proper maintenance of the skin. If you want the results of the dermabrasion to be permanent then in the initial stages you need to avoid direct exposure of sunlight and cleanse your skin regularly.

Safety: Treatment Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Low Price Range:

Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000

Popular Health Tips

Microdermabrasion - Is This Procedure Beneficial?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, Kanpur
Microdermabrasion - Is This Procedure Beneficial?

With every passing day, your skin gets exposed to various external factors. Whenever we go outside, pollution, sun rays and other harmful agents have a negative effect on your skin. Therefore, people go through various medical and cosmetic treatments so that they can retain back their original skin. One such aesthetic treatment is the process of Microdermabrasion. It is a very popular method nowadays and has been conducted upon thousands.

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical and non-chemical method which uses a spray of microcrystals, resulting in the removal of the outer layer of dry, dead skin cells. It helps to reveal the younger and fresh side of the skin. The process also encourages the growth of new skin layer which has high levels of collagen and elastin. Microdermabrasion is a much more gentler in nature and therefore it is more preferable. The process helps to ensure that the dead and bleak skin cells are taken off and a new layer is visible.

Risks and Benefits

Every aesthetic procedure has their own share of risks and benefits. Similarly, Microdermabrasion has it's too. The process helps to reduce and eliminate wrinkles, facial lines, acne scars and other agents of aging effectively. Rejuvenates the skin and makes it to look younger and fresh. The method uses non-allergic crystals, which is thus suitable for even those who are sensitive to different chemicals. However, some people may experience slight itchiness and irritation after the process has been completed. But the symptoms tend to go away within a few days.

Cost and other details

The cost of microdermabrasion depends upon a lot of things like experience of the doctor, what levels of treatment will be needed, quality of the treatment etc. However on an average cost of Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10000 should be expected. The method does not involve any kind of pain but the patients can feel certain warmness over the skin when the crystals peel off the old, dead skin cells and bring out the new layer.

Being a non-surgical process it does not involve any kind of recovery period. Microdermabrasion is thus, also known as “Lunch hour” treatment because it can be completed within a few minutes. If you have read the article then this. You now know what are the various aspects and details about microdermabrasion. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Know Everything About Melasma

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Know Everything About Melasma

A common skin condition, which causes the discoloration of your skin in patches across the face, melasma is more of a social embarrassment and cause for distress rather than being a serious condition. Although it affects men as well, studies have shown that over 90 percent of patients are women. It is also known as the mask of pregnancy as many pregnant women develop this skin condition.

Causes of Melasma

Primary causes of melasma have been attributed to various hormonal changes within the body. Let's look at some of the factors that may cause this disorder:

  1. Pregnancy: This is often attributed as the leading cause of melasma, the primary cause has often been attributed to hormonal changes that a woman may experience due to pregnancy.
  2. Treatments that may change hormonal balance: Women on contraceptive pills or who have implants such as intrauterine devices may also develop this disorder. This is due to the balance of estrogen and progesterone being changed within the body.
  3. Sun exposure: Continued sun exposure may also lead to melasma. This is due to the activation of melanocytes within the body which start producing more melanin.
  4. Stress: Long periods of stress on the body can also trigger hormonal changes and cause melasma.
  5. Thyroid problems: If someone suffers from Hypothyroidism or low levels of the thyroid hormone, it can trigger other hormonal changes and also cause this skin disorder. 

It has also been noticed that people with generally a darker skin tone tend to get melasma and it is less common in people with fairer skin.

Certain characteristics of Melasma

Melasma develops in certain patterns which can be easily diagnosed either as spots on the skin similar to freckles or brown patches of skin that grow bigger. Some of these patterns are:

  1. Malar pattern: This grows on the nose and cheeks
  2. Mandibular pattern: Starts growing around the jaw line
  3. Brachial melasma: This grows on the upper arms and shoulders
  4. Lateral cheek pattern: Grows on the cheek on both sides of the face
  5. Centrofacial pattern: Nose, upper lips, forehead and cheeks

Treatment of Melasma

Most women who develop melasma during pregnancy report that it goes away after childbirth. However certain forms of melasma may appear in non-pregnant women due to hormonal changes. Treating the underlying hormonal changes usually, resolves the problem. However certain other methods may be required to resolve the issues such as skin creams, chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

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4 Facial Treatments for Dull Skin!

Dermatology Backed Expert Skin & Hair Care Solution
Dermatologist, Kolkata
4 Facial Treatments for Dull Skin!

Dull skin may occur due to multiple reasons such as lifestyle factors and other environmental factors. It makes you look tired and older; this is due to the presence of dead cells on the skin which does not allow the light to reflect properly off your skin. Facials are very helpful in getting rid of dull skin by improving your complexion and circulation. It cleans the pores, removes dead cells, making you look your age, or even younger.

Here are some facial treatments for various skin types:

  1. If oily skin is your woe: If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate your skin using an exfoliating jelly that contains vanilla and alginate (also known as alginic acid) that removes impurities, blackheads and whiteheads from your skin. You can also use a face mask that consists of clay and align (chemical extracted from brown seaweed) that helps in preserving the skin moisture and tightening the pores on your skin. The procedures help in getting rid of impurities and have a soothing effect on the skin as well.
  2. Fight dry skinDry skin problems, such as wrinkles necessitate a hydrate and restore facial. This begins with an exfoliation to remove the dead cells from the topmost layer (epidermis) of the skin. Once the facial is complete, a massage cream is applied that helps in regenerating new skin cells. A vitamin C serum is then applied to make your skin supple and moisturized.
  3. For combination skin: If you are a person who has the worst of both worlds; dry and oily, then you should opt for a procedure that treats both at one go. A balancing facial that exfoliates the skin using ‘micro-dermabrasion’ (a procedure that involves spraying crystals with exfoliative properties on the face in order to eliminate dead cells of the epidermis) and using a serum to add nourishment to your skin can prove to be very effective. This procedure results in a healthy and radiant complexion.
  4. Skin that has been affected by the sun: For skin that has been affected by the sun, you can opt for a de-tan facial that will remove the dullness of your skin. Micro dermabrasion is used to exfoliate the skin and then a de-tan process is done. Aloe Vera is used to soothe and moisturize the skin followed by application of a Vitamin C serum. A face mask with applied to lighten the complexion of the skin. This is also applicable for skin that has been affected by pollution. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.
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Acne Scar Removal - Top Derma Treatments

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Ahmedabad
Acne Scar Removal - Top Derma Treatments

Acne scars look bad and often interfere with your bright looks, as they make you feel embarrassed and unfresh. You use more makeup to cover them or avoid going out in order to hide them. However, instead of hiding your face or the scars, you may try these treatment options to remove the scars instead and feel brighter and better.

  1. Chemical peels: This method involves the application of a chemical peel on the skin. The acid in it removes the superficial skin layer to improve the appearance of the scar. This works well on lighter scars, and a licensed medical practitioner, nurse or cosmetologist can do this procedure.
  2. Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion: This technique involves using a high-speed brush on the skin to polish the portion of the scar and make that part of the skin even, so that the scar looks lighter. If your skin doctor feels that you don't need serious dermabrasion, then he may use a microdermabrasion where small crystals are sprayed onto the skin surface to remove the skin cells over the scar and improve appearance.
  3. Fillers: Fillers are used on the skin which gets depressed due to the acne or scars. There are some binding materials like collagen or Hyaluronic acid, which can be injected through an injection, and this keeps the skin smooth, scar free and elevated for some time after which the injection has to be repeated. This has to be a continuous treatment until your skin starts to appear normal again.
  4. Retinoid creams: The retinoid creams are especially beneficial on scars if applied patiently for a prolonged period. These creams come with little side effects like burning, drying or peeling of the skin, but over a medium to long-term application, all scars do get removed.
  5. Laser treatment: A combination of a few types of laser treatments or just one type depending on the acne stage or redness is used. This smoothens the skin and removes the acne scars by removing skin cells from the area.
  6. Punch Excisions and Skin grafting: This is a surgical technique. The acne scar can be removed by cutting a portion of the skin, and removing it. Normally, this procedure is combined with skin grafting, where the hole created by the acne is filled up either through stitches, or through grafting of the skin. This is actually the most invasive process to remove scars and only done when you have a serious, permanent and stubborn scar which can't be effectively removed by other techniques. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.
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How To Deal With The Problem Of Acute Acne?

MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
How To Deal With The Problem Of Acute Acne?

The skin produces a natural oil known as sebum from the sebaceous glands. This acts as a protective layer and is passed out through the multiple, minute pores. With the teenage years seeing excessive hormones, excessive sebum is produced which clogs the pores, and the underlying sebum may not be released from the glands. In some cases, there could also be bacteria trapped in these acne. In severe cases, there can be extreme pain and pus formation. The acne can be quite large in size and may leave marks, which often take a long time to disappear.


Though acne affects any age group, it is most common in the teenage years and is attributed to the hormones called androgens. In women, there is also a hormonal correlation where acne is more common with menstrual cycles, pregnancy and polycystic ovaries – all conditions associated with increased hormone levels.


Before heading out for medical help, the following are some tips to manage acne.

  1. Avoid touching it or picking it. Else it will result in a faster spreading of the infection to the surrounding areas.

  2. Use ice cubes on the acne as they help reduce redness and swelling by lowering the blood supply.

  3. Learn to keep calm as stress increases hormonal release and thereby acne.

  4. Do regular exercises. A good workout routine helps by keeping your skin clean and the pores open. There is a more frequent clearing of sebum leading to reduced acne.

  5. Maintain a healthy eating pattern. Avoid oily food items, which only add to the oiliness of the skin. Sugars again are proven to be harmful for acne.

  6. Follow a proper sleep routine as it will relax your muscles and keep you calm.

  7. Use mild detergents for washing pillow covers and towels, which are often used on the skin.

  8. Frequent washing, regular moisturizing, and exfoliating should be a part of your skin care routine. Avoid heavy chemicals and adhere to one regimen with as many natural substances as possible.

Medical Management

Medications would be required in more severe cases, where there is infection along with pain.

Topical products would include creams, gels or lotions with retinoids like tretinoin, tazarotene and adapalene. In some cases, topical antibiotics like clindamycin or erythromycin combined with benzoyl peroxide are used. Light therapy, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, chemical peels and steroid injections can be used to remove acne scars, which may be very concerning cosmetically.

Very severe cases may require a systemic antibiotic course with doxycycline and minocycline. Birth control pills may be used in some to regulate hormonal levels.

Despite all this, let nature take its own course, and in majority of the cases, acne runs its course and settles down with the passage of teenage years. Try the next level therapy only if absolutely required. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

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Popular Questions & Answers

May I know the charges of micro-dermabrasion? Is there any affect of dermabrasion? If yes, what are they?

Homeopath, Pune
Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks. Microdermabrasion can: improve age spots and black heads. There is only one, though minor, risk associated with microdermabrasion: tampering with the skin's color balance (in other words, you may get dark or light patches from micro dermabrasion). It's important to remember that scarring and pigmentary changes are common complications for other skin rejuvenation techniques, like laser resurfacing, dermal abrasion and chemical peels. One session of microdermabrasion lasts anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes and can cost from 1000 to 2500 rupees depending on the amount of skin surface covered. In smaller cities, the prices are lower, with a microdermabrasion session costing between 800 and 1200 rupees, but for any skin treatment need 10-15 sittings at least most of the time.
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I want to get dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion) on my entire face. How much will it cost?

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Hi It depends many factors 1)in which city ur doing 2) from whome ur doing 3)there r various charges according to above other factors

Hi should I consult a dermatologist or cosmetic/plastic surgeon for dermabrasion?

Advanced Aesthetics, M.Ch - Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Indore
Plastic Surgeon should be the best choice. Face surgery and facial cosmetic surgery including peels and dermabrasion with diamond frazers Face surgery and facial cosmetic surgery is one of the most frequently performed surgeries.
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What is the best treatment for pitted type of acne scars? Is dermabrasion helpful?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
These scars are best treated by resurfacing the skin with treatments like a non-ablative, fractionated resurfacing or micro-needling, deep chemical peels, or microdermabrasion.
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What is the best treatment for pitted type of acne scars? Is dermabrasion helpful.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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How To Keep Your Skin Healthy?
Nowadays, skin treatments are very advanced. We have PRP therapy, dermabrasion, dermaroller, chemical peel, etc. These procedures can help to get beautiful skin. And you should try one these procedures.
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Body & Skin Beautification

Hi, I am Dr Feroze Khan, hair transplant surgeon specialized in FUE procedure, cosmetic outlook training. Cosmetic outlook part means outlook involves the beautification process of the skin as well as the body.

We treat all the skin conditions, like acne scars skin tag removal, warts and corn removal as well as the laser hair removal, tattoo removal with laser, skin rejuvenation process, chemical peeling, dermabrasion for skin pigmentation and scar removal and also the skin tightening for tightening the skin of the face and whatever areas involved and also the weight loss procedures.

For hair removal, we do with the diode laser technique and there is no pain. The several sittings approximately 3 to 5 and some patients still need more. It is a painless procedure and we take all the precautions.

As per as tattoo removal is concerned we use ND YAG laser removal. It takes a couple of sittings and it depends on the tattoo colour and the location and everything or we can do peeling or dermabrasion skin rejuvenation and we have different things for this. All the procedures have no side effects at all. This is a diode laser for hair removal we apply some gel here and click for at least 20 shots when for the upper lip. It is a painless procedure otherwise ND YAG machine for laser tattoo removal. We focus with the shot so it removes at a time at least 1 mm of hair.

The other is skin rejuvenation, applied to the affected area. It s a d light machine for identifying the scalp and hair fall causes. it displays on the screen and is attached to the computer. It generally tests the entire skin of the body. It is done for skin testing and analysis.

The other thing that I wanted to show you is derma roller, it has needles and is used for skin rejuvenation and also for hair growth . The main intention is to give microscopic injuries through the skin so that natural body mechanism helps in rejuvenation. There are different machines here for skin rejuvenation process and these are for the scar removal and this is for skin tightening, derma abrasion machines, radio frequency machine.

For further assistance you can connect with me through lybrate.
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