Dermabrasion consists of a measured mechanical removal or “surgical sanding” of damaged skin to create an area where a new layer of skin may form. The procedure softens sharp contours and irregularities caused by wrinkles, scarring and acne, creating new skin that has a smooth and refreshed appearance.


The treatment can be performed on localised areas or on the entire face. Dermabrasion is often used in combination with facelift surgery to smooth out the fine facial wrinkles around the mouth. Initially after the procedure, the skin appears and feels scraped. Scabs form and after a week begin to detach, revealing newly formed pink skin that gradually fades to normal colouring by around eight weeks. Most people can resume their usual occupation within seven to ten days of the procedure. Results generally provide a high degree of satisfaction and the effects are long-lasting.


Dermabrasion can reduce or remove the following skin problems: Fine lines and wrinkles, small acne scars, facial scars, freckles, sun-damage, brown spots (melasma), uneven pigmentation, rough or uneven skin texture, blood vessel damage, pre-cancerous growths.

Suitable candidates for dermabrasion

The best candidates for dermabrasion are those who demonstrate signs of facial aging but who still maintain healthy skin. Although older people heal more slowly, the most important factors are skin type, colouring, and medical skin history.


The outcome depends on the original condition of the skin, skin tone, the depth of wrinkles and other imperfections, and the individual’s healing ability. Patients with fair skin tones generally have better results from dermabrasion than patients with darker skin.

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