In your initial consultation, one of our qualified and skillfully trained Registered Nurses will discuss your medical history and photograph your face. We will then do a brief physical exam and explain the procedure in detail, along with its risks and benefits and the recovery period. Then Lisa, our patient coordinator, will discuss fees and scheduling options with you.
What to Expect
This procedure will be done in your doctor’s office with local anesthesia, which numbs the area. Most likely, you will be given a sedative to make you drowsy.
The length of the procedure can take as little as a few minutes and as much as two hours, depending on the size of the area of skin involved. Don’t be surprised if dermabrasion will need to be performed more than once, or in stages, especially when scarring is deep or a large area of skin is treated.
Immediately after the procedure, your skin will be quite red and swollen; you may also experience some tingling, burning or aching. Any pain you feel can be controlled with medications prescribed by the doctor. Swelling sometimes begins to subside in a few days but may take as long as a week.
Physical activity should be avoided for at least two weeks. Additionally, it is imperative that you protect your skin from the sun until the pigment has returned to your skin. This could take as long as six to 12 months.
The most common risk is a change in skin pigmentation. While infection and scarring are rare with skin-refinishing treatments, they are possible.
Most health insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures. However, it may cover dermabrasion or dermaplaning when performed to remove precancerous skin growths or extensive scars. Check your policy or call your carrier to be sure.