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Dr. Kitti K. Outlaw is a Member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Reduce fine lines and wrinkles with dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is effective in reducing fine lines, "crow's feet," age spots and acne scars.


Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure whereby the skin's surface irregularities are diminished by abrading or "sanding" the skin with special diamond rotary instruments. Your surgeon carefully reduces the skin surface to a specific depth and after a period of healing the skin is smoother with fewer irregularities.

Often, more than one technique is used to give the best improvement in the appearance of facial scars and wrinkles. For example, frequently a dermabrasion will be performed several weeks after scar revision. Sometimes, dermabrasion and chemical peel are performed together or in sequence to treat deeper wrinkles, such as those occurring around the lips.

Most of these procedures are performed using a light intravenous sedative and local anesthesia. Sometimes a surgeon will apply cold packs to the ace before dermabrasion. Depending on the amount of area to be treated, surgery usually lasts between 30 to 90 minutes. You should experience little, if any, discomfort.

Benefits of Dermabrasion

Modern life takes a heavy toll on skin because we spend so much time outdoors under the damaging effects of the sun which rapidly age skin – unless precautions are taken. Smoking, stress and aging also take a toll. Dermabrasion usually creates a fresh, more youthful appearance in skin. Moreover, the skin that grows back is usually smoother than that which it replaces.