Dermabrasion and dermaplaning allow Dr. de Ramon to "refinish" the skin's top layers through a method of controlled surgical sanding or planing. The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance. Your body responds by generating a new layer of skin and is stimulated to make collagen. This should not be confused with "micro-dermabrasion" which exfoliates dead skin cells. One of the biggest variables in dermabrasion outcome, like so many procedures in plastic surgery, is surgeon experience. Dr. de Ramon's decade of experience in plastic surgery combined with his attention to detail and precise nature ensure consistent results.
Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth. Dermaplaning is also used to treat acne scars. Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face. Dr. de Ramon can perform these procedures on the small areas under local anesthesia in our office. Larger areas are treated under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting for the comfort of our patients.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but neither treatment will completely remove all scars and flaws or prevent aging. Men and women of all ages, from young people to older adults, can benefit from dermabrasion and dermaplaning. Important factors are your skin type, coloring, and medical history. For example, black skin, Asian skin, and other dark complexions may become permanently discolored or blotchy after dermaplaning or dermabrasion treatment. People who develop allergic rashes or other skin reactions, or who get frequent fever blisters or cold sores, may experience a flare-up. If you have freckles, they may disappear in the treated area.
In addition, Dr. de Ramon won't perform treatment during the active stages of acne because of a greater risk of infection. The same may be true if you've had radiation treatments, a bad skin burn, a recent chemical peel or accutane within 6 months.
During the consultation, Dr. de Ramon reviews your medical history, discusses your concerns and goals and performs a physical exam. There is opportunity for questions and an explanation of the procedure(s) that will meet your needs. A second consult is recommended for final questions and to discuss risks of surgery. Recovery from dermabrasion or dermaplaning requires 5-10 days off work in order to care for skin and avoid contact with the sun. During this time patients may experience oozing and swelling of the treated areas. After 7-10 days, make-up can be applied to the areas.
These procedures are no longer considered medically necessary, and therefore they are cosmetic surgery performed to enhance appearance.
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