Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing procedure that has been used since the 1940s to dramatically improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, skin pigmentation, pock marks, acne scars and traumatic scars. By removing the top layers of skin, Long Island plastic surgeon Dr. James Marotta can help you remove decades of sun and age damage. After this procedure, new skin is formed that has a higher collagen content than the previous damaged layer and is free of the lesions, pigment and poor tone that characterizes aged skin. The skin also becomes thicker, thus filling in areas of wrinkling or depression.
What are the benefits of dermabrasion at Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists?
We often recommend dermabrasion to Long Island patients who want to address the following:
- Acne scarring or pock marks
- Fine lines and wrinkles on the cheeks
- Pigmented lesions and imperfect skin tone
- The appearance of a traumatic scar
- Wrinkles around the mouth (“lipstick lines”)
- Wrinkles around the eyes (“crow’s feet”).
What to expect during your dermabrasion at Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists
Dermabrasion can be done alone under a local anesthetic at our Long Island office or in the operating room under sedation with other procedures. Dr Marotta performs dermabrasion by using a rotating diamond burr to sharply and precisely remove layers of damaged skin and stimulate collagen growth.
After a dermabrasion treatment at Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists, our patients typically feel a stinging sensation in the targeted areas. This pain is easily controlled with oral pain medication. As the top layers of skin have been removed, the skin underneath will appear raw. We typically apply a protective gel dressing immediately following your procedure to help the formation of new healthier skin. This dressing is changed on the first post-operative visit with your Long Island cosmetic surgeon and is then removed two days following the operation.
In 7-10 days, new skin covers the dermabraded areas. This may appear slightly pink at first, but the color fades within four to six weeks and can easily be concealed with make up. As time goes on, you’ll notice that the benefit of dermabrasion becomes more and more apparent as the body lays down new collagen to fill in wrinkles and scars. Additional improvement can even be seen up to a year following this anti-aging procedure.