Dermabrasion (A.K.A. dermaplaning) is a safe and effective treatment for reducing the appearance of acne scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also alleviates sun-related skin damage and uneven pigmentation (sun spots). Dermabrasion is relatively painless and can be performed as a day procedure in the operating room with very little downtime.
The dermabrasion 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. This process reveals smoother, newer skin underneath while stimulating collagen production to catalyze new skin cell growth. The process involves literally ‘buffing’ the skin with a high-speed, rotating dermabrasion instrument. The depth and degree of the treatment are customized depending on the desired results and the amount of resurfacing required.
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, facelift, pan facial rejuvenation, or TCA chemical peel.
Perioral dermabrasion is specifically targeted to the “perioral” area of your face – the area immediately surrounding your mouth. This area includes your lips, upper lip area under the nose, the nasiolabial folds (“smile lines” or “laugh lines”), the corners of the mouth, and all the skin surrounding the lips. Dermabrasion stimulates collagen production resulting in a much smoother skin texture and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the lips.
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.