How Effective Is Dermabrasion and How Long Do Results Last?
There are many options for fighting the signs of aging. We may recommend dermabrasion to smooth out your skin and help you look much younger and more refreshed. This procedure doesn’t require any surgery or incisions at all, which is why many people are interested in the treatment and excited about the results.
But how long do the results of demabrasion last?
The team at our Halifax, Nova Scotia, practice would like to look at the lifespan of dermabrasion outcomes. We’ll also address some other questions received at The Landings Surgical Centre related to this procedure.
How Dermabrasion Works
Let’s first cover the basics of dermabrasion.
Also known as surgical skin planing, dermabrasion uses a special instrument with a rotating attachment. This rotating attachment helps sand off imperfections on the surface of the skin. Careful pressure and placement is used to help ensure no scarring results from the dermabrasion procedure.
What Problems Can Dermabrasion Treat?
Dermabrasion is able to treat the following imperfections on the surface of the skin:
- Sun-damaged skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Age spots
- Pigmentation problems
- Acne scars
- Precancerous growths (keratoses)
- Some facial scars from trauma
During a consultation at our Halifax office, we can check the condition of your skin and let you know if dermabrasion is the best option for your needs.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The overall lifespan of dermabrasion treatment is several months or even longer depending on what conditions were treated. Your treated skin will appear smoother and refreshed, with even pigment and a level surface.
When treating wrinkles, treatment results may last a few months. Even though your skin is rejuvenated through dermabrasion, the natural aging process is ongoing and wrinkles are likely to return.
We can give you a better estimate of how long your results will last based on your goals during a consultation at our practice.
Repeating Dermabrasion for Optimal Results
Since results are not permanent, it may be a good idea to schedule periodic dermabrasion procedures several months apart in order to prolong the benefits of treatment. This will help you maintain the initial results and have new lines, wrinkles, or other cosmetic issues addressed as they arise.
The exact schedule for your dermabrasion procedures can be discussed during your visit to our practice.
How to Make Your Dermabrasion Results Last
When it comes to recovery and aftercare, here’s what we recommend to help prolong the results of your dermabrasion:
- Avoid Direct Sun Exposure - Sun exposure can damage your skin, especially soon after the initial dermabrasion. Be sure to wear a hat with a brim and use sunblock as directed.
- Avoid Smoking and Tobacco Products - Smoking and chewing tobacco can affect the healing process and also make facial lines and wrinkles worse. Consider this a great excuse to quit for good.
- Attend Follow-Up Visits After Initial Treatment - Our team can monitor your recovery and note any problems that arise in the early days and weeks after dermabrasion. We can also discuss additional dermabrasion treatments for issues later on.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you’re interested in turning back the clock and overcoming signs of advanced age, we encourage you to contact our practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During a consultation, we can discuss different treatment options that can help you achieve your goals.