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A 37-year-old member asked:

what are the adverse effects of dermabrasion?

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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Pigmentation: You may have either darker or lighter pigmentation following dermabrasion. Scarring is also a possiblity. You might want to consider a series of microdermabrasion, while will not give the same "immediate" results as dermabrasion, are cumulative in effect.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Minimal if skilled: The risks are minimal in the hands if a skilled practitioner with postoperative compliance with the recommended skin care program but infection, ulceration, scarring, hypo/hyperpigmentation, keloids, atrophic scars, contour irregularity, as well as persistence of existing scars are some possible complications.
Dr. Tanveer Janjua
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Permanent scarring: Dermabrasion can lead to permanent scarring of the skin if it does not heal well, gets infected or is taken too deep into the skin. The skin can also change color and become darker.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What should I look for in a good dermabrasion product?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not sure: Dermabrasion machines are of 2 kinds, those that use crystals such as aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate, and those that use a diamond-tipped surface, to sand away small uneven spots on the surface of the skin. Professional machines should be fda-approved for medical use. Good results can depend on the judgment and skill of the physician using the machine, rather than on the machine itself.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between dermabrasion and salabrasion?

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Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 51 years experience
See details: Dermabrasion can refer to any process in which the skin surface is abraded, but usually refers to the use of a mechanical rotary device similar to a "sander." salabrasion specifically refers to the use of a concentrated saline solution (saltwater) to perform the abrasion.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is dermabrasion for?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Superfcl scar/lesion: It is best used for superficial scars or lesions limited to the upper dermis or epidermis.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How old do you have to be to get organic dermabrasion?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Microdermabrasion?: If you are referring to microdermabrasion, because I have never heard of organic dermabrasion, you could undergo this procedure at nearly any age because iris essential an exfoliation procedure if performed according to cosmetic guidelines.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is dermabrasion safe?

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Dr. Greg Sexton
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Although bad things can happen, if performed by a physician with experience, complications are few.

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