Is dermabrasion equally effective for all types of skin?
People with darker skin colour are at increased risk of skin discolouration after undergoing dermabrasion.
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Dermabrasion is a cosmetic surgical procedure for improving the look of the skin and removing scars. There are several different techniques, but they all share the general principle of a gentle sanding down of the skin.
Dermabrasion is mainly used for improving the look of skin that has been damaged or scarred by conditions such as severe or mild acne, rosacea, an accident, age-related or pre-cancerous skin growths (keratosis) and hyper-pigmentation.
Microdermabrasion is the removal of the outer layer of skin using fine crystal powder. It is commonly used for more superficial, less significant skin damage. Multiple treatments (usually a series of four to six) are often done.
Dermaplaning is a procedure in which a doctor shaves off layers of skin until a healthy skin layer is reached. This is done using a special dermatome, an electric tool that resembles an electric razor.
After dermabrasion, the outer layer of the skin will grow back gradually. It will take several months for the original skin colour to be restored.
Dermabrasion is a generally safe procedure when performed by trained medical professionals.
Dermabrasion can be performed by a surgeon or dermatologist. Microdermabrasion requires less skill and thus can also be performed by nurses and beauty therapists.
Risks of dermabrasion include: skin tone changes (especially for people with darker-toned skin); scarring; thickening of the skin; general risks of the anaesthesia (allergic reaction to the injection, heart problems), and; general risks of surgery …