Skin Dermabrasion (Dermaplaning)

What is skin dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion (AKA dermaplaning) is a safe and effective facial treatment that reduces the appearance of acne scarring, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and alleviates sun-related skin damage and uneven pigmentation. Dermabrasion is relatively painless and can be performed at our office in downtown San Francisco.

How does dermabrasion work?

Dermabrasion is generally performed in the operating room by our surgeon. The procedure involves the gentle removal of not only the very top layer of tired and dead skin cells, but also the upper layers of the epidermis of the skin. The process reveals smoother, new skin underneath, while stimulating collagen production to catalyze new skin cell growth.

The skin is literally ‘buffed’ with a high-speed, rotating dermabrasion instrument. The depth and degree of the treatment is customized depending on the desired results and the amount of resurfacing required.

Can dermabrasion be used on other parts of the body?

Dermabrasion can be performed on targeted areas of skin or the entire face, depending on your individual skin condition and desired result. The procedure can also be used in combination with other treatments, such as scar revision, facial feminization, facelift or TCA chemical peel.

Dermabrasion is not recommended for everyone. You need to avoid the treatment if you have:

  • Active rosacea
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases or disorders
  • Pigment disorders
  • Warts or other skin-related disorders
  • Inflamed acne

Perioral Dermabrasion - for wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth.

As we age, it’s natural to develop fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth – most often due to genetic ageing patterns or cigarette smoking which has a dehydrating effect on the facial skin. Perioral Dermabrasion is targeted to the area around the mouth and works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

This very specific type of dermabrasion is typically performed under a local or sedative anesthetic. Any post-treatment pain or discomfort can easily treated with an over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Aleve.

The skin around your mouth will take 7-10 days to heal and you will notice an immediate visible improvement. Some redness may remain but this fades over the next few weeks leaving you with smoother and younger looking skin around the lips.