Procedure Mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. Softens sharp edges of surface irregularities, including acne and other scars and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.
Length A few minutes to one hour. May require more than one session.
Anesthesia Local, numbing spray, or general.
In/Outpatient Usually outpatient.
Side Effects Temporary tingling, burning, itching, swelling, redness; lightening of treated skin; acute sensitivity to sun; loss of ability to make pigment (tan).
  • Abnormal color changes (permanent)
  • Tiny whiteheads (temporary)
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Flare-up of skin allergies
  • Fever Blisters
  • Cold Sores

Back to work: two weeks.
More strenuous activities: four to six weeks. 
Fading of redness: about three months. 
Return of pigmentation/sun exposure: 6 to 12 months.

Duration of Results Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages. 


Preoperative appearance dermabrasion photo
Preoperative appearance

Intraoperative Dermabrasion photo

Close up view of dermabrasion photo
Close up view of dermabrasion

Intraoperative dermabrasion photo
Intraoperative dermabrasion

Postoperative appearance Dermabrasion photo
Postoperative appearance

Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.