22 Nov Dermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion
At Ulmer and Wu Dermatology in Long Beach, we frequently receive inquiries about the difference between “dermabrasion” and “microdermabrasion.” These two procedures should be considered if general skin rejuvenation or scar removal is your goal. Ulmer dermatologists in Long Beach can help you decide which treatment is right for you.
Dermabrasion is a skin sanding process that employs a high-speed rotary wheel. It is typically used for maximum skin rejuvenation in cases involving scarring, acne pits, coarse wrinkles, and other skin conditions. It is an excellent technique to reduce the conspicuousness of scars left on the face from surgery or traumatic injury. When surgical scars are treated with dermabrasion within 2 to 6 weeks after suture removal, many heal without evidence of residual scaring. The same effectiveness is seen with scars from traumatic injury. In a dermabrasion procedure, a diamond fraize planes down the skin, resulting in a scab that forms over the affected area. In approximately 5 to 10 days, the scab will heal and transform into a reddish area, which subsequently diminishes to a normal skin tone. The time required for the redness to fade may vary from a few weeks to several months.
Microdermabrasion is used to reduce fine lines and age spots, as well as some acne scars. It is one of the five most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the U.S., according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. With microdermabrasion, fine crystals gently abrade the skin to polish off surface irregularities. Multiple treatments lasting from half an hour to an hour each are needed. The number of treatments needed varies, from 5 to 10 or more. They are typically performed at internals of 2 to 3 weeks. Additional treatments may be required periodically for maintenance to keep that healthy skin glow. The advantages to microdermabrasion are that no anesthetic is required and there are virtually no side effects. Patients can resume their normal activities right away.
Ulmer and Wu Dermatology provides these skin rejuvenation treatments to patients in the Long Beach area. If you are interested in learning more about these skin enhancement procedures, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be glad to answer your questions. Our offices are conveniently located to serve the Long Beach community, so there is no need to commute in traffic when you decide to enhance your appearance. A fact you will especially appreciate if you elect to have a multiple treatment regimen.