WHAT ARE MICRODERMABRASION & DERMABRASION?
If you would like to improve the texture of your skin, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion treatments can smooth out blemishes such as sunspots, fine facial wrinkles and scars including acne scarring. Both techniques remove the top layers of skin and aim to to reduce irregularities and promote a younger, fresher appearance.
ABOUT THE MICRODERMABRASION PROCEDURE
Microdermabrasion is similar to the standard dermabrasion procedure, but involves a gentler level of abrasion and removes a thinner layer of the outer skin. Its ability to reduce wrinkles, blemishes or scars is not as great as standard dermabrasion, however it generally improves skin tone and allows you to resume normal activities much more quickly.Following microdermabrasion your skin may feel slightly sensitive and appear pink for a day or so. You are unlikely to require any time off work but you should take extra care to protect your face following your treatment.
ABOUT THE DERMABRASION PROCEDURE
The top layer of facial skin is ‘sanded’ off using a hand-held electrical machine with a small abrading head, or a specialised laser device. When the new skin grows back it is usually smoother and fresher than before, and imperfections are reduced. As well as treating wrinkles, it can be particularly useful for treating raised areas of skin or scarring, which can be levelled out, and for removing areas of pigmented skin.
Dermabrasion is normally performed using a local anaesthetic, but sometimes a general anaesthetic may be recommended.
You'll need to plan time off work after dermabrasion. Initially, the treated area of skin will be bloody and crusted and it may remain pink, sensitive and swollen for several weeks after treatment, but you can gradually resume normal activities during that time. To protect your face, you should avoid ball and contact sports for four to six weeks and swimming for roughly the same length of time. To help make sure that your skin returns to its normal colour, you will need to wear sunblock for six to twelve months after treatment.
Although scarring with dermabrasion is rare, it can occur and people with dark complexions may develop permanently discoloured or blotchy skin.
Most specialists will not carry out dermabrasion if you have active acne, a bad skin burn, or have had radiation treatments or a chemical peel. This is because of the increased risk of infection and damage to the skin.
An alternative to dermabrasion is the Smartxide fractional CO2 laser.
local or general
Nights in hospital
Risks - common
swelling, redness, itchiness
Risks - uncommon
scarring, persistent redness or palor
Pain and discomfort
3 - 7 days
Follow-up after surgery
1 week, 2 weeks
Time off work
1 - 2 weeks
2 weeks - walking
6 weeks until final result
LASER RESURFACING PROCEDURE INFORMED CONSENT FORM
Instructions on discharge
- You will have Aciclovir (anti cold sore tablets) and painkillers to take home.
- You will have Polyfax ointment to use for 7-10 days 3 times a day.
- Your skin will be swollen with some redness and oozing.
- Wash face with tepid water, a mild cleanser may be used after the first week.
- No touching treated area or picking at crusted skin.
- Avoid excessive facial expressions.
- Men - no shaving the treated area for two weeks. It is advisable to start shaving with an electric razor.
- No make-up for the first 7-10 days. Use mineral base make-up thereafter.
- Avoid going out in the sun for prolonged periods for the first 2 weeks and use a high factor sunscreen thereafter
- Usually about a week after the surgery when the treated area will be assessed.
- No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for the first 2 weeks
- Sleep with head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first week and avoid bending head down.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEMS OR HAVE ANY QUERIES FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE WARD.