To rejuvenate skin for more dramatic, longer-lasting results, patients have the option of dermabrasion, which removes the damaged top layers of skin. Skilled cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City will use a specialized tool to damage and remove the skin. Since the skin is damaged, the skin will initiate its self-healing process to replace the skin with newer, refreshed, younger-looking skin. The skin will have a better tone and texture. Dermabrasion is commonly used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, scars, including acne scars, and sun damaged skin.
"Excellent staff. Very professional and friendly."- E.E. / Google / Jan 07, 2022
"Dr. Caplin, Dr. Jung and the staff is amazing and incredible. This was my first cosmetic procedure and they all were very comforting and always answers my questions before and after surgery. I would definitely recommend and use them again."- M.D. / Google / Jan 07, 2022
"From consultation to surgery the staff is like no other. I felt as though they went above and beyond to educate me on the procedure and what was going to be done as well as what was to expected. Setting expectations is high on Dr. Naveen’s list. He was absolutely fantastic and so was his staff. I highly recommend this facility."- W.B. / Google / Jan 06, 2022
"Dr. Nuveen has gave me a body lift, skin removal, tummy tuck, bbl, breast lift and augmentation after my 212 pound weight loss. He was very attentive and listened to my concerns and what I wanted! And he gave it all too me. His staff has always treated me like family when I call or walked in the door. I wouldn’t use anyone else for my cosmetic needs. He changed my life."- B.S. / Google / Dec 30, 2021
"This was my first cosmetic procedure and I got a breast augmentation. This place was absolutely great from start to finish. The whole staff made the process easy and comfortable, from the first call to the final day of surgery. I had to reschedule my surgery and they were great about that as well. Dr Jung performed my procedure , she was so kind and even texted me the night after my surgery to check up on me. She took a lot of time to discuss the look I wanted as well as my goals . I couldn’t be happier with the size and look of my breast ! The pain was in my opinion very minimal as well. I’m only one week post op but all of the pain is mostly gone and the wound is healing nicely . I’ll definitely recommend them to all of my friends and family ! I already feel so much more confidence!"- B.I. / Google / Dec 21, 2021
Dermabrasion treatment can go as deep as the dermis depending on the extent of the skin irregularity being treated. During the procedure, the skin is prepared with cryogenic spray, a cooling substance that freezes the skin. This allows the skin to be firm and makes the burring process easier. The skin is then slightly stretched and the rough end of the dermabrasion tool is brushed back and forth until the appropriate amount of scraping has occurred. A healing ointment, such as petroleum jelly, and topical antiseptics may be applied after the procedure followed by bandages for protection.
During/After the Procedure
Due to the slight invasive nature of this procedure, local anesthesia is used. It can last anywhere from 1-2 hours and is generally performed in the office. With deeper dermabrasion treatments, there may be minor bleeding. Patients must expect that the treated area will be red and swollen for about 10-14 days. Peeling will take place and could last up to a full week. The new skin will look pink and gradually fade to a more natural skin color after a few weeks. It is critical that the patient strictly adheres to post-treatment care, including an avoidance of sun exposure, to ensure proper skin healing.
Dermabrasion can cost around $100 for small areas and $3,000 for larger areas. The cost fluctuates depending on the size of the area being treated, as well as the number of sessions it takes to attain the desired results.
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Any individual, men or women, with skin irregularities may consider the benefits of dermabrasion. It’s an effective treatment for th ose who have fine wrinkles, acne scars, keloid, hyperpigmentation or any abnormal skin growth.
Who Should Avoid It?
There are some precautions for those who have specific skin conditions, including severe acne or those who are on aggressive acne medications. The doctor will evaluate the patient’s condition before any treatment and inquire about any medical case that may be present, or medications that have been taken within the last year.
How About Freckles?
Freckles are an overproduction of melanin in the skin and common to those who have a fair complexion. It becomes visible due to extreme exposure to sun. Although dermabrasion can remove the top layers of skin where freckles are contained, there are other alternatives specifically for freckle removal such as a chemical peel or laser treatment to minimize the freckles from reoccurring.
Is A Chemical Peel Better?
Dermabrasion and chemical peels both refinish the skin to promote new skin growth. Both can be mildly or aggressively invasive depending on how many layers are involved. The only difference between the two treatments is the method used in achieving the intended results. Dermabrasion uses a surgical tool that gently scrapes the skin while a chemical peel uses solutions, usually acid based, to attain a similar result. Dermabrasion does better in removing small acne scars as there is more control on which tiny spots need more scraping.
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