For almost all of us, our face is the most prized possession and we spend much, in terms of both time and money, to take good care of it. While some of us might think that washing our face a few times a day would be enough, there would be others who would be of the opinion that regular facials are essential to keep the face looking young. And then there are those who would go to greater lengths to ensure that their face always looks great, and will constantly be on the lookout for modern methods of doing the same.
One of the newest methods of taking care of the face is Dermabrasion or Dermaplaning. In this article and the next one, we will take a look at every aspect associated with this procedure.
What is Dermabrasion?
In the simplest of terms, if the word is broken into two pieces – derma and abrasion, it becomes obvious that the process is about applying abrasion or something abrasive to the skin. The idea behind the process is that when something abrasive is applied to the skin, it will erode the top most layer of skin, which might actually be nothing more than dead skin cells. When the gentler, softer skin is revealed, the face or body looks fresher and the skin cells will now have reason to multiply and this in turn will entice the collagen to become active too.
Generally, dermabrasion is done to improve the condition of the face, which could have been scarred due to intense acne, accidents or even previous facial reconstruction surgeries. The same process can also be used to smoothen out fine lines or wrinkles. In addition, the same treatment can also be used for the removal of keratose, which is a pre-cancerous growth. Dermabrasion as well as dermaplaning can help refinish the top layers of the skin, providing facial skin with a more finished and smooth look.
Where can dermabrasion be performed?
While there is no specification as to where the procedure can be done, it is normally done on small parts of the skin or the entire face. The process can be done on its own, but many surgeons prefer to do it in conjunction with other facial procedures such as chemical peel, removal of scars or even a complete facelift.
Who would be an ideal candidate for dermabrasion?
Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning are meant to enhance the appearance of the face, however, anyone going for the procedure needs to remember that it cannot stop the natural ageing process. In addition, the process will not remove very deep seated scars, and can help only with fine lines, basic wrinkles and scars of a small size.
Here are people who would be ideal candidates for a dermabrasion procedure:
Normally, these treatments might not work very well on very dark skin, people who have had radiation, multiple chemicals peels, or even have a bad sun burn. Should the procedure be done for such people, their skin could end up being blotchy and discoloured.
What are the options for someone who cannot get a dermabrasion?
If it is only smoother skin that you are looking for, you could always consider a chemical peel. Not only will it remove the top most layer of the skin, revealing newer and fresher skin, but also allow for new skin to grow quite easily. A chemical peel done properly will be able to remove minute wrinkles and scars related to acne. There are also several non-chemical approaches, which could lead to the skin tone lightening by a shade or two; however, this is something that dermabrasion or dermaplaning will not be able to do.
How does one prepare for a dermabrasion?
The very first step of preparation is finding a good doctor to do the procedure, because these days, procedures such as dermabrasion and chemical peel are being offered at neighbourhood salons. However, these might not be the best place to get such a crucial treatment done. You need to make sure that a qualified surgeon or dermatologist is doing your procedure for you.
When you meet your surgeon or dermatologist, make sure that you ask about everything – starting from how the procedure is done to how much time your skin will need to recover. It is important that you talk to your doctor openly, because you need to be clear on what exactly is going to happen. Talking openly will also ensure that your doctor has all the important details, such as your age, allergic reactions, health or skin related conditions and any previous surgeries.
In preparation for the procedure, your doctor will talk to you extensively, about the procedure, asking you several questions about your medical history and your expectations. They will also utilise this time to make you understand the possible risks and complications, how much time it will take for a full recovery and how your skin might look, till the said time. You will also be educated about how to take care of your skin immediately after the procedure and the costs that are involved. You will be given very specific instructions regarding what you should do and what you need to avoid in the days immediately after the procedure.
In the following article, we will continue looking at dermabrasion, especially the procedure, possible side effects and the recovery procedure.