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
"Yes....I have had quite a battle with the appearance of my nose. I was bit by a dog at the age of 2. This injury damaged me to where my nose never grew a bridge and my nostrils were uneven. I discovered Dr. Shah through a google search, scheduled an appointment, and from my first few minutes in his office I felt that I was in the right place. Not only is his staff polite, kind and attentive, Dr. Shah has a very calm and happy....yet focused personality. He saw the imperfections, that I saw and gave an extremely detailed lay out of what could be done to improve the appearance of this nose that had undermined my self esteem, for so long. Obviously, Dr. Shah is an expert, and if you were to see my before and after photos, you may even call him a magician. However, the things that up him over the top, for me, is that....Every moment with Dr. Shah and his staff, from my initial consultation to pre op, post op, bedside calls and follow up appointments have been nothing less than top notch, 5 Star patient care."- T.R. / Google / Aug 26, 2018
"Passing Happiness on to Others - Yes....I have had quite a battle with the appearance of my nose. I was bit by a dog at the age of 2. This injury damaged me to where my nose never grew a bridge and my nostrils were uneven. I discovered Dr. Shah through a google search, scheduled an appointment, and from my first few minutes in his office I felt that I was in the right place. Not only is his staff polite, kind and attentive,..."- T. / RealSelf / Aug 20, 2018
"Dr. Shah is THE surgeon to go to - Wonderful, friendly, and a Master of his specialty. Just by speaking with him, you are aware of his expertise and professionalism. He truly cares about his patients' concerns and happiness. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, both in his office and through surgery. Not only is Dr. Shah great, but the Office Staff is warm and welcoming. Dr. Shah has helped me feel like a true woman for the first time in my life. After becoming very ill at an adolescent age, and dealing with a 105+ lbs weight gain and 80+ lbs weight loss, my skin had been stretched, my breasts were sagging, and my thighs had been affected. Needless to say, I was very, very self conscious. Being in my 20's, I wanted to enjoy feeling how a normal 20-something-year-old should feel, especially after my medical cure. Dr. Shah helped my husband and I choose the right size breast implants for my body-type and activity level and walked us through every option and how each procedure would go. I underwent surgery and had breast augmentation and thigh liposuction. Surgery and recovery went exceptionally well. Three months out and I continue to be happier and happier as each day goes by. The results are even better than I expected. Dr. Shah made my dreams come true. I continue to see him to further work on other things I wish to fix. I trust him completely and highly recommend him to anyone and everyone."- E.J. / Google / Jul 26, 2018
"Dr. Shah is THE Surgeon to Go to - Wonderful, Friendly, and a Master of His Specialty. - Dr. Shah is THE surgeon to go to - Wonderful, friendly, and a Master of his specialty. Just by speaking with him, you are aware of his expertise and professionalism. He truly cares about his patients' concerns and happiness. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, both in his office and through surgery. Not only is Dr. Shah great, but the Office Staff is warm and welcoming. Dr. Shah..."- E. / RealSelf / Jul 25, 2018
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.