Friday, February 03, 2012

Dermabrasion is a procedure that helps refinish the skins top layers through a method of controlled surgical scraping. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at dermabrasion in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dermabrasion is a technique that uses a wire brush or a diamond wheel to remove the upper layers of the skin. The brush or burr rotates rapidly, taking off and leveling the top layers of the skin. As the wound heals, new skin grows to replace the damaged skin that was removed during dermabrasion.

Newer treatments, such as laser resurfacing, offer shorter recovery times and quicker results. Dermabrasion is still used in people who are not able to use other methods of skin resurfacing.

The face is the most common site for treatment, but other areas of the skin can be treated as well. Dermabrasion is used most often to improve the appearance of acne scars and fine lines around the mouth.

Re-growth of skin occurs within five to eight days. This new skin is a pink or red color, which usually fades within six to 12 weeks. Many people have little or no pain and can get back to their regular activities soon after the procedure.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.