Dermabrasion is a procedure used to reduce scars or remove wrinkles on the skin. The purpose is the same as a chemical peel, but the method is different. In dermabrasion, the surgeon uses a brush that rotates at a high speed over the skin surface and this removes the topmost layer of skin. The surgeon decides how much skin is to be sloughed based on the depth and size of the scars or the degree of wrinkling of the skin.
Dermaplaning is a med spa treatment for deep acne scars. It uses a hand-held device called a dermatome which is similar to an electric razor. The instrument is fitted with an oscillating blade that moves over the skin and “skims” off its surface layers.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning may be performed alone or in combination with other procedures on the entire facial skin or on particular areas. While these methods help improve the skin, they cannot completely get rid of all scars or prevent skin aging.
Dr. Q Medical Spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q), provides dermabrasion or dermaplaning treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities.
Who is a candidate for dermabrasion or dermaplaning?
Women and men of all ages can undergo dermabrasion and dermaplaning. The final outcome depends on several factors such as skin type and coloring and medical history of the patient. People who suffer from the following skin conditions can undergo this procedure:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne rosacea
- Sun damage
- Rough skin texture
- Dull skin tone
What does the procedure involve?
Cosmetic surgeons or other skin care experts can perform dermabrasion and dermaplaning on an outpatient basis at a qualified med spa. The procedures require numbing at the beginning. This is done using a local anesthetic with a sedative or under general anesthesia.
Sometimes, the med spa treatment providers spray Freon instead of a local anesthetic or use a combination of both. Depending on the skin area to be treated, the procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Multiple sessions may be necessary if the skin requires greater work.
Temporary Side Effects
After dermabrasion or dermaplaning, you may experience the following short term side effects:
- Red and swollen skin
- Difficulty in eating and talking for a few days
- Burning or tingling sensation or pain
The new skin that appears may have a bright pink color and also feel swollen or sensitive. After about three months, this pink color fades and the new skin blends in with the surrounding area. Protecting the treated area from sunlight is pivotal to avoid skin damage.
Unlike dermabrasion, microdermabrasion is a painless, non-surgical, and non-invasive procedure. It uses crystals or a fine abrasive tip with vacuum suction to remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells. It can be carried out by non-physician experts too as there is no surgery involved. Dr. Q Medical Spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for dermabrasion.
Contact Dr. Q Medical Spa in Palm Springs Southern California
For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, CA and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2660.