Seattle Dermabrasion / Microdermabrasion Specialist – Pratt Plastic Surgery
Serving Patients in Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma and Everett, WA
The effects of age, sun exposure, harsh weather, as well as repetitive facial movements all lead to eventual wrinkling of the facial skin. Patients commonly ask the talented Seattle / Bellevue dermabrasion specialist Dr. David Pratt to help them improve the appearance of their facial skin.
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What is Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion resurfacing is a procedure performed for the purpose of wrinkle and scar improvement. The dermabrader is a machine that removes a very thin layer of the abnormal, damaged skin surface. During the healing phase, healthier, more organized skin components are deposited, thus improving the appearance and health of the remaining skin.
What is Dermabrasion used for?
Dermabrasion can minimize scars from an injury or accident, or from previous surgery, and can also smooth out fine facial wrinkles. Dermabrasion can be used alone or together with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures like face lift, blepharoplasty, or brow lift.
What happens on the day of my surgery?
The procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art Bellevue / Seattle cosmetic surgery office. Dr. Pratt will administer a local anesthetic in order to prevent pain during the procedure. A sedative medication is available if you desire one to help you feel calm and relaxed.
The dermabrasion procedure is then carried out and topical antibiotic ointment is applied. A long acting local anesthesia will be used in order to assure your immediate postoperative comfort.
Oral pain medication will be prescribed for the postoperative discomfort you may experience. A specific skin-care instruction sheet will be given to you before surgery, addressing all of the details of your wound care.
How long is recovery?
Healing of the skin surface usually occurs in seven to ten days. A certain amount of redness and swelling are normal following the dermabrasion treatment, and will decrease over several weeks time.
Makeup can usually be applied within seven to ten days. Once the skin surface is healed, it is sensitive to the sun for another six months. Sun block and shading devices such as hats and visors should be worn during any expected exposure to the sun for six months following the dermabrasion treatment.
How does Dermabrasion differ from Microdermabrasion?
Generally, one treatment session of dermabrasion resurfacing results in a significant improvement of skin irregularities such as wrinkles and superficial pigmentation irregularities.
With microdermabrasion, multiple treatment sessions are required in order to have a significant change in the condition of the skin. Usually between six and ten microdermabrasion sessions are needed.
I am interested, what do I do next?
If you wish to improve appearance of your skin, Dr. David Pratt can assist you in achieving the look you’ve always wanted. His knowledge, training and experience, combined with his artistic flair, can help you obtain beautiful, long lasting, safe results.
So if dermabrasion makes sense for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pratt to get all of your questions answered right away. Dr. David Pratt will be happy to speak with you about dermabrasion or other appropriate cosmetic procedures.
Our modern Seattle area offices and technologically advanced surgical center are just two of the many ways we put patient safety and comfort first. Please contact us to schedule your dermabrasion consultation and find out more about how you can restore and enhance your natural beauty. We look forward to meeting you soon!