(Surgical Skin Planing; Skin Resurfacing)
|Multiple Facial Injuries Treated with Surgical Dermabrasion|
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Reasons for Procedure
Temporary side effects such as:
- Flare-ups of acne or tiny cysts
- Increased or decreased color in the skin
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight
- Flare-ups of cold sores if done on the face
Less common complications such as:
- Permanent scarring
- Lasting redness
- Prolonged loss of color in the skin.
- Active herpes, bacterial infection, or sores
- Current or recent use (less than one year) of isotretinoin
- Skin, blood flow, or immune disorders that could make healing more difficult
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do a complete health evaluation and a skin exam
- Recommend an antiviral medication if you have a history of herpes infection
- Give you a prescription for tretinoin and/or a skin lightening cream
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Adjust your daily activities until your doctor says it is safe to resume them.
- Avoid sun exposure. After peeling has stopped, use sunscreen every day.
- Go to follow-up visits as advised by your doctor. They are important to monitor the skin's healing and regrowth.
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping the treated area moist by changing the ointment and dressing on the wound
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Cleaning the skin several times a day and gently removing crusting that develops during healing
- Not allowing others to touch your skin
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the treatment site
- Skin redness or loss of color that does not go away
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery http://www.surgery.org
American Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.org
The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.ca
Dermabrasion. AgingSkinNet—American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/cosmetic%5Fdermabrasion.html. Accessed September 18, 2014.
Dermabrasion procedural steps. American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/dermabrasion.html?sub=Dermabrasion%20procedural%20steps. Accessed September 18, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/18/2014 -