To get better-looking skin with improved tone and texture, dermabrasion is a popular cosmetic treatment that involves using a surgical skin tools called a wire brush or burr to remove the top layers of the skin, which will initiate the growth of new skin. With care and precision, Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, uses the quick-rotating tool to carefully level off the skin’s top layers. Since the skin reacts as though it has been damaged, it will naturally heal, which will create newer, fresher, younger-looking skin in the process. This treatment is great for those concerned with fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, surgical scars and other skin conditions.
"My Muscle Wall Gave Way Giving my Abdomen an Unsightly Large Buldge - Denver, CO - I met Dr Shah in 2007 when he did a face lift for me. I was really happy with the results. When I found out no amount of diet and exercise would remedy the problem with my abdomen I contacted him. and even through I no longer live in Colorado, I knew he was the doctor I wanted to perform my surgery.I am a little over four weeks after surgery and I am thrilled with the results. I am 66 years old and healing well and now I have the tummy I have dreamed of having.Thank you Dr Shah I appreciate your skill and care!"- D. / RealSelf / Sep 05, 2015
"Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty Scheduled Soon - I’ve been thinking about getting a nose job since I could remember and it’s finally happening. I had my preop today and my surgery is scheduled for May 17th. Dr Shah already gave me all the vitamins and basically everything I need for before and after surgery. So far my experience with Dr Shah has been great, he is very easy to talk to and he understood what I wanted; he also made it clear as to what he can and can’t achieve due to me having thicker and more oily skin. I’m very excited yet somewhat scared considering i’ve never had surgery before. I’ll be sure to keep this post updated."- J. / RealSelf / Apr 25, 2019
"I had a rhinoplasty completed by Dr. Shah about a month ago, and I can't even tell you how HAPPY I am with it! I was super nervous at first, but Dr. Shah and his entire staff were so friendly and helpful every step of the way. One month post-op and my nose is already everything I wanted! So glad I chose Dr. Shah! :)"- V.R. / Google / Apr 24, 2019
"Amazing Surgeon - Dr. Shah is highly intelligent, talented, and understands his patients needs. He pays attention to details and provides many helpful suggestions of what to do or not to do. His bedside manner is nothing but the best care in town, support and such empathy. He is so supportive of his patients. He did a beautiful job on my surgery and all of my pre op visits has been nothing but just the Best from Dr. Shah and his team! Thank you!!!"- H. / RealSelf / Apr 23, 2019
"3 and a half weeks!! - I’m having my tummy tuck and lipo in a little over 3 weeks. I am EVERY emotion, lol. Excited, nervous, scared, happy, you know, ALL the emotions. I am a plus size girl that has had a tummy pannus since I can remember. I’ve always wanted it removed but never thought I looked or felt “skinny” enough. I’m the strongest and fittest i have ever been and so excited to make these changes! I feel very lucky that I have found a doctor that sees my vision and he and his whole office staff are incredibly kind and supportive."- H. / RealSelf / Apr 23, 2019
Dermabrasion treatment can go as deep as the dermis depending on the extent of the skin irregularity being treated. During the procedure, the skin is prepared with cryogenic spray, a cooling substance that freezes the skin. This allows the skin to be firm and makes the burring process easier. The skin is then slightly stretched and the rough end of the dermabrasion tool is brushed back and forth until the appropriate amount of scraping has occurred. A healing ointment, such as petroleum jelly, and topical antiseptics may be applied after the procedure followed by bandages for protection.
During/After the Procedure
Due to the slight invasive nature of this procedure, local anesthesia is used. It can last anywhere from 1-2 hours and is generally performed in the office. With deeper dermabrasion treatments, there may be minor bleeding. Patients must expect that the treated area will be red and swollen for about 10-14 days. Peeling will take place and could last up to a full week. The new skin will look pink and gradually fade to a more natural skin color after a few weeks. It is critical that the patient strictly adheres to post-treatment care, including an avoidance of sun exposure, to ensure proper skin healing.
Plan Your Procedure
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Any individual, men or women, with skin irregularities may consider the benefits of dermabrasion. It’s an effective treatment for th ose who have fine wrinkles, acne scars, keloid, hyperpigmentation or any abnormal skin growth.
Who Should Avoid It?
There are some precautions for those who have specific skin conditions, including severe acne or those who are on aggressive acne medications. The doctor will evaluate the patient’s condition before any treatment and inquire about any medical case that may be present, or medications that have been taken within the last year.
How About Freckles?
Freckles are an overproduction of melanin in the skin and common to those who have a fair complexion. It becomes visible due to extreme exposure to sun. Although dermabrasion can remove the top layers of skin where freckles are contained, there are other alternatives specifically for freckle removal such as a chemical peel or laser treatment to minimize the freckles from reoccurring.
Is A Chemical Peel Better?
Dermabrasion and chemical peels both refinish the skin to promote new skin growth. Both can be mildly or aggressively invasive depending on how many layers are involved. The only difference between the two treatments is the method used in achieving the intended results. Dermabrasion uses a surgical tool that gently scrapes the skin while a chemical peel uses solutions, usually acid based, to attain a similar result. Dermabrasion does better in removing small acne scars as there is more control on which tiny spots need more scraping.