Dermabrasion is a surgical scraping procedure used to smooth the skin. It can be done to improve the look of the skin or for medical purposes.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 83,671 dermabrasion procedures and 881,905 microdermabrasion procedures performed in 2014.
The Dermabrasion Procedure
Dermabrasion procedures are done for people who want to treat
- Fine wrinkles caused by age
- Scars from acne, medical procedures, disease, or injuries
- Skin discoloration or spots on skin
- Pre-cancerous growths or patches of skin
Dermabrasion can be done on small patches of the skin or on the entire face.
The dermabrasion procedure uses a small tool with a high-speed spinning wheel made of an abrasive material. The tool will be rubbed against the skin to remove the top layers of the skin down through the dermis lawyer, and will promote the growth of new healthier skin. Before the procedure patients will be administered topical or local anesthetic.
In the first few days and weeks after the procedure patients will have pink, sensitive skin. During this time patients will need to avoid direct sunlight and strenuous activity.
Dermabrasion may leave scars on the face for the first 8-12 weeks after the procedure. New skin will begin forming after about a week. Scars and changes in pigmentation of the skin that results from the procedure will continue to improve over the next six months.
Dermabrasion is not permanent, but it will last a long time. Results vary for each person.
Patients can also choose to do related procedures like microdermabrasion or dermaplaning. Microdermabrasion may use a similar device as dermabrasion but only removes the topmost layers of the skin. Dermaplaning removes the same amount of skin as dermabrasion, but uses a different technique. For dermaplaning the doctor will use a razor-like tool to scrape away layers of skin.
The average cost of a dermabrasion procedure is $1,500. The price will change depending on the extent of the procedure and the number of sessions needed.
Microdermabrasion uses a technique similar to that for dermabrasion, but unlike dermabrasion removes only the top layers of skin and provides a much less agressive treatment. The doctor may use either a steaming device or diamond-tip wand to perform the procedure. The steaming device sprays tiny crystals onto the skin to remove the outer layer, and the diamond-tip wand is moved across the skin to exfoliate.
Microdermabrasion treatments are quicker than dermabrasion treatments, require less recovery time, and cost less money. Whereas dermabrasion requires up to two weeks of home recovery, patients who received microdermabrasion can go back to work the same day.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a dermabrasion treatment in 2014 was $143. But microdermabrasion does not provide the same results as dermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a good option for who want to reduce fine lines, improve minor acne scars, and exfoliate skin. It is not effective on deep age lines and acne scars, on precancerous growths, tattoo removal, or serious facial scars.
Unlike dermabrasion, microdermabrasion treatments can take place at a spa, clinic, or at home. Patients will need multiple sessions of dermabrasion to see major results.
Risks of Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
- Changes in sensation of skin
- Pigmentation changes
- Seroma or hematoma (accumulation of blood or fluid under skin)
- Thickening or hardening of skin
- Anesthesia complications
- Dissatisfaction with results
Doctors must discuss all possible risks with patients before the procedure.
Patients should know the certification of their doctor before agreeing to the procedure. For dermabrasion and dermaplaning procedures patients should look for board-certified plastic surgeons or dermatologists. Patients may choose to use aestheticians for microdermabrasion.
Malpractice in Dermabrasion
Not all complications during a dermabrasion procedure are the result of medical malpractice. If your doctor has provided the required standard of care, then medical negligence will not be an issue. Patients who do suffer from negligent treatment but only sustain minor or temporary injuries will find it difficult to get legal representation. The most successful malpractice claims come prom patients who have suffered serious or permanent injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury as a result of negligence during a dermabrasion, dermaplaning, or microdermabrasion procedure, call Gilman & Bedigian today to schedule a free consultation. Out experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve.