What happens prior to the dermabrasion procedure?

During the consultation, the dermatologic surgeon describes the type of anesthesia to be used, the procedure, and what results might realistically be expected. The doctor also explains the possible risks and complications that may occur. Photographs are taken before and after surgery to help evaluate the amount of improvement. Preoperative and postoperative instructions are given to the patient at this time.

How does dermabrasion work?

Dermabrasion can be performed in the dermatologic surgeon’s office or in an outpatient surgical facility. Medication to relax the patient may be given prior to surgery. The affected area is thoroughly cleaned with an antiseptic cleansing agent. Next, your doctor will apply a numbing spray, topical anesthetic or inject a local anesthetic. A high-speed rotary instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush then removes the outer layers of the skin to improve any irregularities in the skin surface.

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