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Procedure in which the surface layer of the skin is removed by abrasion to remove blemishes and reveal new skin

Length of Surgery

30 minutes – 1 hour depending on the condition of the skin




Local with sedation or general in severe cases

Back to work in...

2 – 3 weeks

Back to the gym in...

4 – 6 weeks

Treatment Frequency

Yearly repeat treatments may be needed


Change in skin pigmentation; whiteheads; enlarged skin pores; infection; scarring; excessive scar tissue; bleeding

Duration of Results


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Dermabrasion Costs*

Dermabrasion costs range from $2,000 to $4,000.

Most cosmetic surgeons and surgical clinics offer flexible dermabrasion financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.

If you are thinking about having a dermabrasion treatment but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Am I a candidate for Dermabrasion?

You may be a good candidate for dermabrasion if you are in good emotional and physical health and have:

  1. Sun-damaged skin
  2. Hyper pigmentation
  3. Inactive acne scars
  4. Healed scars from surgery or injuries
  5. Fine facial lines and wrinkles
  6. Light-colored skin
  7. Freckles and small patches of pigmentation
The most important factors when determining if you are a good candidate for dermabrasion treatment are your skin type, coloring, and medical history. Dark skins may not be suitable for dermabrasion.

Certain medical conditions may affect your suitability for dermabrasion. Ask your doctor.


What is a dermabrasion Procedure?

Dermabrasion is a cosmetic medical procedure in which the surface of the epidermis of the skin is removed by abrasion to reveal a new layer of remodeled skin to achieve a smoother and refreshed facial appearance.

Dermabrasion is a procedure which involves removing the surface of the skin to remove and reduce blemishes. The dermabrasion surgery can take up to an hour with local anesthetic and sedation. Dermabrasion helps to "refinish" the skin's top layers through a method of controlled surgical scraping, giving the skin a smoother appearance. Dermabrasion can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face, alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift, scar removal or revision, or a chemical peel.


Preparing for Dermabrasion

The dermabrasion surgeon will discuss your medical history, conduct a routine examination, and photograph your face. You will be told to avoid taking aspirin and other medications that affect blood clotting. You may also be given specific instructions regarding the care and treatment of your skin prior to dermabrasion surgery. If you smoke, you will be advised to stop two weeks before and after the dermabrasion procedure.

Dermabrasion Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Anesthesia 


  1. Dermabrasion is usually performed under local anesthesia combined with a sedative. In severe cases, general anesthesia may be used.
Step 2 - The surgery
  1. Once your face is numb, the dermabrasion surgeon scrapes away the outermost layer of skin with a rough wire brush, a burr containing diamond particles, or a hand-held instrument called a dermatome that moves back and forth to evenly "skim" off the surface layers of skin that surround the blemishes.
Step 3 - The dressing
  1. The skin will be covered in ointment (such as an antibiotic burn cream), a thin film, a wet or waxy dressing, a dry treatment, or a combination of these.
Step 4 - The results
  1. Your skin will be red and swollen, but this swelling will subside in time, and the new, smoother skin will start to appear after a few months.


Dermabrasion Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

Immediately after the dermabrasion procedure your face will be red and swollen and you will feel some tingling, burning, or aching. Eating and talking will be difficult.

A scab or crust will form over the treated area as it begins to heal and this will fall off as a new layer of tighter, pinker skin forms underneath. Your face may itch as the new skin begins to grow. The pinkness will take about three months to fully fade.

Dermabrasion recovery times are normally around two weeks. You should be able to go back to work two to three weeks after your dermabrasion treatment, though more strenuous activities may need to be postponed for four to six weeks. Wear sunscreen when outside for at least six months.

Dermabrasion Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Dermabrasion side effects may include:

  1. Redness
  2. Swelling
  3. Itching
  4. Burning sensation
  5. Skin tightness
  6. Blistering
  7. Skin crusting
Dermabrasion risks and complications may include:
  1. Change in skin pigmentation
  2. Whiteheads
  3. Enlarged skin pores
  4. Infection
  5. Scarring
  6. Excessive scar tissue
  7. Bleeding


Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a dermabrasion procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about dermabrasion. Here is an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for dermabrasion?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the dermabrasion performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing dermabrasion?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any dermabrasion before and after photographs of recent procedures?
  9. What percentages of your dermabrasion patients have had significant post-treatment complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. How much will my dermabrasion cost?
  11. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  12. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  13. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  14. What is the recovery and healing period for dermabrasion? When can I resume full normal activity?
  15. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  16. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)


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Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about Dermabrasion procedures; click here for an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself skin specialist.

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