If you are looking to improve the youthfulness of your complexion, you may be considering dermabrasion. Dermabrasion procedures involve using a wire brush or a rough wheel to abrade or remove layers of skin. Like other skin resurfacing procedures, removing these layers allows smoother, less blemished skin to be revealed. The main difference between traditional dermabrasion and microdermabrasion is simply that dermabrasion peels to a deeper layer of skin than microdermabrasion.
Due to its deeper effect, dermabrasion may be more effective for treating a number of conditions. Microdermabrasion simply doesn’t reach the necessary depth to treat significant wrinkles. Dermabrasion, on the other hand, can be very successful at smoothing out visible wrinkles. Dermabrasion is also very effective for scar removal, and is a very commonly used treatment for acne scarring as it removes the scarred layers of skin and, when the skin heals, the scars are no longer visible. It can also be used to treat trauma-related scars.
Microdermabrasion is more commonly used for patients who are looking to improve the overall appearance of their skin. Microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance of fine lines and create a more even skin tone. It also has the advantage of being a relatively non-invasive procedure and can be performed either by a physician or an esthetician in a salon or spa.
Dermabrasion is a fairly invasive medical procedure and should be performed by a qualified physician. There is an initial recovery period of 7-10 days with skin redness often persisting beyond this point. It also involves some risks, including the potential for scarring. However, it is significantly more effective and more lasting for the treatment of scars, wrinkles, and sun damage.
If you are interested in a dermabrasion procedure, call Dr. Kulak at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.