If you’re in relatively good health, dermabrasion and dermaplaning shouldn’t present any problems for you. Please note that neither dermabrasion or dermaplaning is designed to treat or remove all types of scars or prevent aging.
These procedures are designed for men and women, including young people and older adults. Your skin color and type may affect your healing. Patients with black or Asian skin, or those with dark complexions may experience skin that is permanently discolored or blotchy. If you have skin reactions or get blisters or cold sores, you may see a flair-up after your procedure.
Dermabrasion or dermaplaning may be performed in conjunction with other procedures. When you meet with Dr. Jimerson you can discuss the various options available to you.
The dermabrasion and dermaplaning procedures are relatively safe. One risk is that you may have permanent darkening of your skin if you are exposed to sunlight in the days and months after your procedure.
Other risk include:
- Infection ª Excessive scar tissue • Development of tiny whiteheads • Enlarged skin pores (temporary)
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
Since dermabrasion and dermaplaning involve your face, you want to have an experienced, knowledgeable plastic surgeon performing these procedures.
What happens prior to dermabrasion or dermaplaning? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
Prior to dermabrasion you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect from the surgery.
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your surgery.
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
You will be awake during the procedure but you will have local anesthesia and you will be sedated so you will have minimal discomfort. If it is an extensive case, you may have general anesthesia.
A wire brush is used to scrape away the top layer of skin. Sometimes a burr that has diamond particles with a motorized handle is used. This process continues until the safest area is reached to make scars or wrinkles less apparent.
A dermatome is used in the dermaplaning process. This procedure literally skims off a layer of skin around the facial defects, and continues until the acne scar is more even with surrounding areas.
After the procedure, an ointment, wet dressing or dry treatment may be used, or you may have a combination of the options.
Expect your skin to be red and swollen following your procedure, which might make eating or talking difficult. You will probably experience some burning, tingling or discomfort. Dr. Jimerson will prescribe medications to minimize your pain.
A scab or crust will form over the treated skin area as the healing process begins. As new skin layers grow in, the scabs will drop off. You may experience itching when new skin begins to form, and you may be given an ointment to make you more comfortable.
The pink color in your face will last about three months. You can expect the swelling and redness to last for several weeks. Avoid active sports and strenuous activities for four to six weeks. Stay out of the sunlight until your pigment has come back to your skin, which could take up to 12 months.
It may take a while before you see final results, but when healing is complete you will see dramatic results.
Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.