This website is intended to provide you with general information only. This information is not a substitute for advice from your Specialist Plastic Surgeon and does not contain all the known facts about this procedure or every possible side effect of surgery. It is important that you speak to your surgeon before deciding to undergo surgery. If you are not sure about the benefits, risks and limitations of treatment, or anything else relating to your procedure, ask your surgeon to explain. Patient information provided as part of this website is evidence-based, and sourced from a range of reputable information providers including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Better Health Channel and Mi-tec medical publishing.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are procedures that give the skin a smoother appearance by treating the sharp edges of surface irregularities. Through a method of controlled surgical scraping, the skin’s top layers are “refinished”.
Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth. It's also sometimes used to remove the pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. Dermaplaning is commonly used to treat deep acne scars.
Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be performed on small areas of skin or on the entire face. They can be used alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift, scar removal or revision, or chemical peel.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning is a highly individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Specialist Plastic Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.
Before you decide on undergoing chemical peel, there are some important issues to keep in mind:
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning may be a good option for you if:
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning may be performed under local anaesthesia, which numbs the area, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. Sometimes a numbing spray, such a freon, is used along with or instead of local anaesthesia. In more severe cases, your Specialist Plastic Surgeon may prefer to use general anaesthesia, in which case you will sleep through the procedure.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning is generally safe but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur.
Some risks and complications associated with dermabrasion and dermaplaning may include but are not limited to:
Before undergoing the procedure, it is important that you:
Prepare a “recovery area” in your home. This may include pillows, ice packs, a thermometer and a telephone within easy reach. Make sure you arrange for a relative or friend to drive you to and from the hospital or clinic. Someone should also stay with you for at least 24 hours after you return home.
Your surgeon should give detailed instructions to prepare for the procedure. Follow them carefully.
Depending on the extent of your procedure, further treatment may be necessary to achieve the optimal result or to correct minor irregularities.
Cost is always a consideration in elective procedures. Prices for individual procedures can vary widely between Specialist Plastic Surgeons. Some factors that may influence the cost include the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic location of the office.
Costs associated with the procedure may include:
Your surgeon should welcome any questions you may have regarding fees.
Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness
Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to achieve relaxation
A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain
Freckles, sun spots, melasma, or other darkened patches of skin result mainly from sun exposure
As the result of acne or injury to the skin, scars may be rolling (a wavy appearance to the skin), pitted, discoloured, or have raised borders
Visit the Plastic Surgery Glossary for more procedural terms.