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Issues to Consider With Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion should not be confused with micro-dermabrasion. Micro-dermabrasion is a very superficial skin treatment that can be performed by non-medical personnel. Micro-dermabrasion is very gentle and does not have the ability to improve wrinkles or acne scarring.

Dermabrasion should be thought of as sanding of the skin. The outer layers of the skin’s surface are planed down to a level where the wrinkles or acne scars are smoothed out. There is a finite depth that can be dermabraded before the risk of skin colour change and scarring become significant. It is very important to choose a healthcare professional with considerable experience in dermabrasion in order to achieve the best improvement without complication.

Dermabrasion for Lines around the Mouth

The lines around the mouth are often referred to as smoker’s lines, but they can occur whether or not you smoke. Smoking does worsen the problem of facial aging, so quitting is important if you do smoke. Age, genetics, facial thinning, and sun exposure are other factors responsible for wrinkles around the lips. These lines can also extend to the chin area as aging progresses. The most effective way to improve the appearance of these lines is with Surgical Dermabrasion. A combination of BOTOX® Cosmetic and tissue fillers may also be employed for patients who have fewer lines and less deep lines around the mouth.

Dermabrasion Procedure Details

Dr. Tong performs Dermabrasion in the private surgical suites at 199 Avenue Road, where his practice is located. Most patients opt for IV sedation anesthesia, although some choose to have it performed with local anesthetic only. In the majority of cases, dermabrasion for wrinkling is performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a Facelift, which is done under IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Dermabrasion is performed with a special dermabrasion tool. Dr. Tong uses the dermabrader to carefully remove the outer layers of skin and scar tissue. Deep scars or wrinkles may not be totally removed as there is a risk for scarring if the dermabrasion is carried out too deep. Feathering is done at the periphery to allow for a more natural appearing transition. Once the areas have been satisfactorily treated, some ointment and gauze will be placed and the procedure is completed.

Recovery after Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is an outpatient procedure. You will be allowed to go home following the procedure after the effects of sedation have worn off, accompanied by a friend or family member.

You should plan to rest at home. During the first evening, you will have to apply Vaseline to the dermabrasion site(s) to keep the areas moist. You will be allowed to remove your dressing the next day and will continue with the Vaseline applications. Face washing will be performed 3 times per day with re-application of Vaseline after each washing for the first week. You should expect the areas to look raw over the first 4-7 days. At one week, most of the sites will be healed over with a very thin layer of new skin. The areas will look pink. Strict sun avoidance is mandatory.

Dr. Tong will see you at one week to monitor your progress. He will instruct you on wound care, and you may be allowed to wear makeup over the sites. The pink is easily covered with foundation make-up, and fades to normal colour at 6 weeks after the procedure. You will see Dr. Tong at 6 weeks and 6 months for follow up, at which time photographs will be taken.

Like any procedure, dermabrasion has risks and complications associated with it. The risks are low, but do exist. At your consultation, Dr. Tong will go over the pertinent potential risks and complications associated with Dermabrasion.

Get Educated about Dermabrasion

Patients should obtain all the information about their surgery options before making a decision. Dr. Tong will make sure that you are informed every step of the way.

To learn more about how Toronto Dermabrasion Surgeon Dr. Lawrence Tong can help improve the appearance of your skin, set up a Dermabrasion consultation with Dr. Tong by giving us a call at (416) 972-0999. No physician’s referral is needed. You can also let us give you a call; just fill out our contact form and we will call you on the same or the next business day.

Dermabrasion at a Glance

What the procedure does
Smoothes wrinkles by sanding down outer layer of skin
Duration of the result
Length of time to perform the procedure
Depends on area(s); 15-30 minutes
Type of anesthetic most commonly used
Depends on area(s); 15-30 minutes
Length of time off of work
7-10 days
Time to get back to exercise
2 weeks for heavy exercise
Pitfalls your Plastic Surgeon should avoid
  • Performing dermabrasion too deep, leading to scarring and pigment changes