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Summary

Before the procedure

Certain specialists advise preparing from 2 or 3 weeks before dermabrasion, in order to optimise the results. They recommend carefully cleaning the face, using creams with fruit acids to prepare the skin and taking antibiotics to prevent infections which may attack the laid bare dermis.

D-Day

Dermabrasion can be carried out under local, locoregional or general anaesthetic. It can sometimes be followed by one or several days in hospital.

On the day of treatment, the aesthetic practitioner cleans and disinfects the skin. They quadrille the area to be treated into micro-zones which are frozen one after another as the tool is only effective on hardened surfaces.

They then use a metallic brush or a burr which rotates very quickly.  This tool is passed over the area to treat with greater or lesser pressure depending on the desired results.

In the case of the complete elimination of the epidermis, the superficial part of the dermis is touched. This leads to bleeding as the dermis is criss-crossed with blood vessels. In this case, some dressings are applied at the end of the procedure that you must then reapply one to several times per day afterwards.

Take care of your skin post procedure

Immediately after dermabrasion, redness, an oedema and/or seepage may occur. The epidermis reforms after the fifth day.  However be careful, it remains fragile and the skin must absolutely stay protected from any trauma, rubbing or scratching.

In the days following the procedure, the application of fat can promote healing and the regeneration of your skin.  During this time, stay away from the sun’s rays, which could cause hyperpigmentation. Also, it will be the case that the skin will be sensitive to products that it normally tolerates and this may last for several weeks. In every instance, it is essential to follow the advice of your specialist.

Finally, you should be aware that the final results of dermabrasion will be visible after several months have passed.

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