To get better-looking skin with improved tone and texture, dermabrasion is a popular cosmetic treatment that involves using a surgical skin tools called a wire brush or burr to remove the top layers of the skin, which will initiate the growth of new skin. With care and precision, Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, uses the quick-rotating tool to carefully level off the skin’s top layers. Since the skin reacts as though it has been damaged, it will naturally heal, which will create newer, fresher, younger-looking skin in the process. This treatment is great for those concerned with fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, surgical scars and other skin conditions.
"My Muscle Wall Gave Way Giving my Abdomen an Unsightly Large Buldge - Denver, CO - I met Dr Shah in 2007 when he did a face lift for me. I was really happy with the results. When I found out no amount of diet and exercise would remedy the problem with my abdomen I contacted him. and even through I no longer live in Colorado, I knew he was the doctor I wanted to perform my surgery.I am a little over four weeks after surgery and I am thrilled with the results. I am 66 years old and healing well and now I have the tummy I have dreamed of having.Thank you Dr Shah I appreciate your skill and care!"- D. / RealSelf / Sep 05, 2015
"My nose was a disaster. I had various rhinoplasties from a few surgeons across the country after breaking my nose. Dr Shah understood how to approach the problem, and corrected visual cotorsion in my tip. Very very happy with the results. He is one of the best in the business."- J.L. / Google / Aug 19, 2021
"My nose is so cute and natural looking - Always wanted a rhinoplasty, also struggled for a long time with breathing and figured a septoplasty would suit me. After doing a lot of research into the best doctor I landed on Dr. Shah. His experience and credentials are beyond what I saw for other doctors in my area. His personality is really what sold me however! he is so easy to talk to and really you can tell he is a compassionate person who cares about his patients overall health and happiness. I am so happy with my nose, my sleeping has improved cause I can finally breathe. Also its so cute and natural looking, I was a little concerned going into this that I would end up with a cookie cutter snapchat nose, but looking at myself its almost as if I was born with it! However it is a long healing process but I am very confident that despite it changing from day to day (I am only 6 weeks out) its going to end up amazing :)"- G. / RealSelf / Jul 06, 2021
"I've had two separate procedures done by Dr. Shah\ - I've had two separate procedures done by Dr. Shah. I like his work, demeanor and expertise so much that I have recommended him to my family. He has gone above and beyond with making sure myself and the family members I referred had smooth procedures and recoveries. His passion for his work and desire to help people shows. I will continue to visit and refer people to Dr. Shah. He and his staff have earned a lifetime customer. Thank you for your hard work and dedication."- M. / RealSelf / Jun 23, 2021
"I’ve had two separate procedures done by Dr. Shah. I like his work, demeanor and expertise so much that I have recommended him to my family. He has gone above and beyond with making sure myself and the family members I referred had smooth procedures and recoveries. His passion for his work and desire to help people shows. I will continue to visit and refer people to Dr. Shah. He and his staff have earned a lifetime customer. Thank you for your hard work and dedication."- M.E. / Yelp / Jun 23, 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.
Plan Your Procedure
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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.