Dermabrasion is a very popular cosmetic procedure sought after by millions of women worldwide to produce a more radiant, fresh and healthy appearance to the skin’s surface. This improvement in their skin helps boost their self-confidence, often making a huge difference in the way they feel about their appearance.
How is Dermabrasion Done?
The procedure is a brief one, usually performed in under an hour. The top layer of your facial skin is gently removed by a hand-held device moved slowly over the surface of the skin. The results include a reduction in wrinkles, age spots and any scars you may have.
How Long is Recovery from Dermabrasion?
Immediately after your dermabrasion procedure, you will likely have some facial swelling and redness. Your skin may be ultra-sensitive and you may experience feelings of dryness or tightness, much like windburn or sunburn. These will all resolve themselves over time, with the swelling and sensitivity beginning to subside within a few days to a week.
The redness may take longer, sometimes up to two or three months to completely disappear. It’s recommended to take a week or so off from work or other commitments, and by the end of two weeks, you should be feeling much closer to your normal self again.
Recovery time can vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of your treatment along with other variables. Recovery can also be influenced by how well you protect your skin during the recovery process.
Protecting Your Skin During Recovery
Even though your skin really does take care of much of its own healing during the recovery period, there are several things you can do and should do, to help make your recovery as quick and complete as possible.
That fresh, new layer of skin will be vulnerable for the first few weeks. Your physician will provide specific post-procedure instructions which should be followed carefully. They may include precautions such as:
- Avoid sunlight – You should do your best to avoid exposing the new skin to sunlight for about three to six months, depending on your doctor’s recommendations. You may be advised against sunlight exposure even up to several weeks after the redness or pinkness has gone away.
- When sunlight can’t be avoided, make sure the skin is protected – If you must be out in the sun, use a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face, or make sure you apply an effective broad-spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30.
- No alcohol for 48 hours following dermabrasion procedure
- No ibuprofen, aspirin or aspirin-containing products for the first week
- No smoking
Once the recovery phase is complete, the memory of any discomfort is almost totally eradicated by the beautiful new countenance you see every time you look in the mirror!
To schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if dermabrasion is right for you, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to get you started on your journey to fresher, brighter, younger-looking skin!