Scar Revision & Dermabrasion
Scars can be embarrassing, especially if they are on the face. Various options are available to reduce the appearance of scars, including topical creams, dermabrasion, and laser treatments.
What treatments are available?
Dermabrasion is a scar removal treatment or technique that utilizes a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges that removes the upper layers of skin. This, of course, causes bleeding as the procedure wounds the skin. As this wound heals, new skin grows to replace the previously damaged skin that was removed by the dermabrasion procedure. The depth of the skin’s resurfacing is determined by how coarse the burr or brush is, the speed at which it rotates, the amount of pressure applied and length of time that it is applied for.
- Topical Creams
Various topical creams are an excellent non-invasive option for reducing the appearance of mild scarring. Dr. Myers will recommend certain products that can be effective.
Scars from a wound, leave behind a fibrous tissue that looks different than the surrounding skin. the collagen formulation is different than regular skin. Laser resurfacing can rehabilitate this scar tissue, to improve its appearance. A laser can deliver a high amount of energy to precise locations, helping restore more regular collagen deposition.
More About Dermabrasion
Dermabrasion scar removal treatment is generally used to improve the appearance of acne scars on the face, as well as the fine lines of expression around the mouth. It is also used to treat an enlarged nose when caused by an inflammatory skin condition called Rosacea.
Cosmetic dermatology treatments such as Dermabrasion do not take long; Dermabrasion scar removal generally takes about an hour on average, but this may vary based on the area being treated. The procedure itself begins with the application of ice packs and a local anesthetic in order to numb the area or areas that are to be treated. During certain Dermabrasion procedures, a freezing spray is applied to the area so as to harden the skin for deeper abrasions if the anesthetic and ice pack do not render the skin firm enough. If large areas (the entire face) are being treated or the abrasions are particularly deep, pain killers and stronger anesthetics may be employed.
Small areas are treated at a time, with the brush or burr applied for a few short seconds to take off the upper layer of skin. Once the procedure finishes, gauze is normally applied to stop any bleeding and the area is covered with ointment or clean dressing.
Care After Dermabrasion Scar Revision Treatment
After Dermabrasion scar removal treatment, it is important to observe certain precautions. Healing time varies depending on both the size of the area treated and the depth of abrasion applied. A full-face abrasion, for example, will take longer to heal than if only small area of the face is treated.
Generally speaking, however, skin regrowth takes between 5 to 8 days, with new skin appearing as pink or red in color. This pink or red coloration will fade in 6 to 12 weeks, with the skin turning the natural color of the patient’s untreated skin.
Cleansing the skin several times a day is very important to avoid the risk of infection and remove any crusting that may occur. Changing and replacing any ointment as well as dressing covering the treated area promotes faster healing, and avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen until after the peeling of the skin has ceased are a must.
Most patients report having little to no pain at all after the procedure, allowing them to return to their habitual activities relatively soon after the surgery. However, some patients do feel some pain and discomfort, for which reason the use of painkillers is advised. Swelling may take place, as well, but this is easily treatable with anti-inflammatory medicine such as prednisolone and the like.
Dermabrasion cost is not a fixed sum, as the expense of treatment varies both by geographical location and the kind of scarring that is to be treated, therefore it is recommended that you contact Utah Valley Dermatology in Lehi, Utah to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Myers or your local licensed dermatologist to get the prices for such procedures.