What is Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a technique used to treat scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and wrinkles. During a dermabrasion treatment, a gently abrasive, diamond-tipped wand removes the outer layer of skin to stimulate new skin growth. The outer skin layer, also called the epidermis, is sanded away and regenerates as you heal. Dermabrasion can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne scars, and remove age spots or other area of hyperpigmented skin.

About the Procedure:

Dermabrasion can be performed on any area of the body but is commonly performed on the face. A local anesthetic is used to numb the treatment area. The diamond-tipped wand is then passed across the skin to exfoliate the outer skin layer. The average time for a dermabrasion procedure depends on which areas are being treated but commonly ranges from fifteen to thirty minutes. Following the procedure, you will be asked to keep the treated area moist with ointment until the outer skin layer heals. This generally occurs in 7-10 days. Minimizing sun exposure and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, can help the longevity of dermabrasion.


Microdermabrasion is a more superficial treatment that is often performed by aestheticians. It is often reported as having the benefit of “no down time” but the effects of treatment are not as permanent. Dermabrasion has the ability to treat more significant problems including fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and other areas of hyperpigmented skin, and should only be performed by a physician.

Yes, dermabrasion is often combined with other procedures. Dr. Hewell and Dr. Fischer often use dermabrasion to treat fine lines around the mouth and dark spots on the face during facelift procedures.

Dr. Hewell and Dr. Fischer will ask you to keep the treatment area moist with ointment until the skin has healed. This usually occurs within 7-10 days of treatment. After your skin has healed, it will be more sensitive to sun exposure. It is imperative to use sunscreen following dermabrasion to prevent hyperpigmentation, or darkening, of treatment areas.

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