Dermabrasion in Bethesda, Maryland (MD)

Dermabrasion is a procedure in which the skin is mechanically resurfaced using abrasive tools to remove the outer layers of the skin. Similar to using sandpaper, the rough textures of the devices slough off old, dead skin. The new skin that grows back in its place is smoother and younger looking, making dermabrasion an effective treatment for sun damaged skin, wrinkles and fine lines, scarring, acne and discoloration.

Because the outer layers of skin are being removed, the skin will be sensitive and often a bright pink. This can last for several weeks, though it might only take up to two weeks for new skin to fully cover the treated area.  Other risks include slight bleeding, pain, swelling, hyperpigmentation, milia (little white bumps) and enlarged pores. Rarely will the procedure cause an infection, scarring or other skin reactions. The specialist performing the procedure will instruct the patient on aftercare and will likely schedule a follow-up appointment the next day to examine the skin.

Dermabrasion is done in an office, or it could be performed at an outpatient surgical facility if the patient is getting a deep treatment. A topical anesthetic may be placed on the skin to minimize sensation, or it may be numbed with local anesthetics. Patients may also have the option of taking a sedative or using general anesthesia. Again, the type of anesthetic used depends largely on the extent of the patient’s treatment.

During the procedure, the skin is pulled tight, and usually a small motorized device with an abrasive wheel or brush at its tip is moved across the skin with constant but gentle pressure. Depending on the size and area of skin being treated, dermabrasion can take a few minutes to more than hour. Also, depending on the condition of your skin, say if you have deep scarring, several sessions may be necessary to achieve the patient’s desired results. Dermabrasion can be used alone or combined with other cosmetic procedures. 

About David Green, MD

Here at the LaserDerm & Vein Center of Maryland, our first and foremost commitment is to provide the highest level of personalized care while adhering to the most professional and ethical of standards. Dr. Green and the entire Staff understand the significance that skin health and appearance affects emotional health and well-being.

We will work with you to achieve your goals using our skill, experience and innovative treatments.

Featured Specialist for Dermabrasion in Bethesda, MD

David Green, MD

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4800 Montgomery Ln., Suite L50
Bethesda, MD 20814

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