Luxury Beauty Hacks – Sparkle that Abrasion

Dermatology+Treatment

‘The Talk Studio’ presents to you, its second luxury skin hack to rejuvenate and revitalize, this beautiful festive season.

DERMABRASION

Description :

Dermabrasion is a technique that attempts to improve the appearance of the patient’s skin by damaging it in a controlled manner. By carefully controlling the extent of skin damage, this procedure produces a wound that heals and allows regrowth of skin in such a manner that it is cosmetically superior to the original.

Technology Used :

Dermabrasion itself is a technique that makes use of a wire brush or a Fraise / Burr (a diamond wheel with rough edges) to remove the top most layer of the skin.

Time :

Depends on the individual and their areas of treatment.

Target Areas :

Generally patients opt to get their faces treated through this technique. However, this technique can be applied to other areas of the body as well. It generally aims to improve the appearance of acne scars and fine lines.

Dermabrasion, alone is not very effective for deeper, pitted acne scars. Dermabrasion is also used to treat scars caused by surgery or trauma (if they are not deep), superficial skin growths etc. Very rarely, Dermabrasion may be used to treat small cysts, Bowen’s disease, Tattoo Removal, Enlarged Nose condition etc.

Preparation :

The patient must ensure that their skin is washed and clean before the procedure starts. To prepare the patient, a local anesthetic is usually given to the patient to numb the target area. Further, Ice Packs are applied to the patient’s skin for a minimum of half an hour.

In some cases, if the abrasions are deeper and none of the above precautions are hardening the skin enough, a freezing spray (Cyrogenic) is used. There are cases where the patient’s full face must be treated. In such cases, stronger sedative techniques, general anesthesia, antibiotics and pain killers are suggested and used.

Treatment Procedure :

The preparation in such techniques are crucial and should be taken very seriously. Once the patient is prepped, the certified doctor will proceed to target small sections, one at a time. The doctor may use the freezing spray for several seconds, several times.

The brush/fraise is then used to rotate rapidly over the skin. This results in peeling off the skin’s top layers. A gauze is used to prevent any bleeding. The procedure is then considered complete and a skin ointment is applied on the treated area to heal it.

Benefits :

This treatment works best on people with lighter skin tones or with skin less exposed to sunlight. If all goes well, this treatment results in giving the patient a smoother and more leveled skin texture than they had earlier. Skin colour may become more even if Dermabrasion is used with a bleaching agent under the watchful eye of a certified doctor. Wrinkles may improve too.

The permanent effects of this treatment may be seen in removal of scars, extra skin growth, tattoos. Dermabrasion is not a permanent solution for changes in texture and tone of skin caused by sun exposure or aging.

Side Effects :

Some people experience pain or swelling post treatment. Temporary side effects of this treatment are – tiny cysts, hyper pigmentation, scarring, redness, acne or increased sensitivity to sunlight. In rare or less common cases persistent redness, changes in skin colour, permanent scarring (specially for people using Isotretinoin skin medication), tissue damage or Infection may occur.

Post Treatment Care :

The healing process is directly proportional to the extent of area treated. Deeper abrasions will take longer to heal. The patient’s skin starts to regrow in 6 to 8 days and may take upto 6 to 12 weeks. The patients going in for such procedures should be mentally well prepared and should have immense patience. While the skin is re growing its colour might turn pinkish. The patient can fix this by using make up but only after consulting their doctor.

Precautions :

Removing the crust that tends to develop is important. Cleaning the skin several times a day is crucial. If not acted upon, it may result in an infection. Changing the dressing as advised should also be kept in mind. Conscious and generous use of sunscreen is advised.

Keep following up regularly with the certified doctor, this will help keep infections at bay. The patient may not be a good candidate for Dermabrasion if they suffer from Sensitivity to cold temperatures; have used or are using Isotretinoin; have a history of scarring; are suffering from skin infections; have immunity, skin or blood disorders; have recently had a brow/face/butt etc. lift.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE

  • The patient should ensure that their doctor is updated with their medical history, allergy information and any hormonal conditions.
  • The procedure should be started only after the patient has gotten all the required tests done (ex.Blood, Urine etc.).
  • Ensuring that the clinic is hygienic and meets all regulations and standards of safety and hygiene is also important.
  • Please make sure that the doctor is certified, registered and reputed.
  • Prior to the procedure, gather all the information of the same and do not shy away from asking or informing your doctor of any questions or doubts you may be having. Similarly, the patient must explain to their doctor what they are expecting post treatment.
  • Getting a reality check is very important and prevents these cosmetology procedures into turning to psychological nightmares. Go ahead only once you are completely satisfied.
  • The patient may also take their photos before and after the procedure is completed for comparison purposes.

*There is a difference in Dermabrasion and Micro Dermabrasion. Micro Dermabrasion are light peels that affect only the top layer of the skin. Please consult your doctor to see which procedure suits you more.

‘The Talk Studio’ does not promote or endorse any treatment. Each treatment is subject to the individual and may not suit all skin types. All pictures used are for referential purposes only. Do not go ahead without consulting the right doctor.

Written By : Mallika Madan