Dermabrasion in Richmond, VA

Looking younger is a common goal for many men and women in the Richmond area. Our MedSpa offers dermabrasion to improve your complexion and correct signs of aging. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers dermabrasion for men and women in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.

What is Dermabrasion?

Cosmetic imperfections and certain signs of aging begin in the outermost layers of skin. With dermabrasion, we remove the damaged skin to reveal younger skin that is free of those superficial imperfections. The treatment also stimulates your body to produce more collagen and elastin which are two key components of a young skin.

Benefits of Dermabrasion

Also known as dermaplaning, dermabrasion offers the following benefits:

  • Exfoliation of the skin
  • Improve skin texture
  • Effective for treating wrinkles, liver spots, acne, certain scars and some types of skin lesions
  • Dramatic improvement in your appearance

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Dermabrasion?

Dermaplaning is a safe and effective treatment for common skin imperfections, but some patients may not be good candidates for the procedure, such as those with:

  • Uncontrolled acne
  • A history of radiation treatment and severe sunburns
  • A history of having chemical peels
  • Skin sensitivity
  • A medical condition that requires the use of Accutane within the past 18 months

If you are not a good candidate for dermabrasion, our aesthetician works with our board-certified plastic surgeons to recommend alternative treatments to improve your skin.

What Do I Need to Do Before Having Dermabrasion?

Before having dermabrasion, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. We will review your medical history, examine your skin and recommend the best treatment for your needs.

What Should I Expect During My Dermabrasion Treatment?

We apply a topical numbing agent to your skin at the beginning of the procedure. A dermabrasion treatment is performed by using a special device that has a tip covered with diamond particles. The device is applied to the surface of your skin and slowly moved across the treatment area.

At the end of the treatment, we apply a special ointment to the skin. The area may also be covered by a bandage. Your skin will have a red, irritated appearance for up to three days. You may also notice a scab forming over the area. The skin may also be swollen, and you can manage any discomfort with non-prescription pain medication. You will be able to return to work after two days, but most patients prefer to take at least two weeks off to allow the skin to return to a more normal state. You should avoid any strenuous activities for the first two weeks.

In the next stage of healing, the skin starts to flake, and the scabs will fall off the skin. Your skin will be pink for up to six weeks. We will provide recommendations for skin care that you can use during the healing period.

Will I Have Scars After Getting Dermabrasion?

You will not have scars as a result of your dermaplaning treatment.

When Will I See the Results?

You will see the results of your dermabrasion treatment after three to five days.

What Are Possible Complications of Dermabrasion?

Complications associated with dermabrasion are rare when the procedure is performed by an experienced, qualified medical aesthetician or board-certified plastic surgeon at Richmond Plastic Surgeons. The most common complications that may result from dermabrasion are:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Darkening or lightening of the skin color
  • Areas of very white skin
  • Whiteheads

How Long Will the Results of Dermabrasion Last?

Dermabrasion produces a dramatic change to your skin tone and texture, but it cannot stop the aging process. With proper skin care, you will enjoy the results of your dermabrasion for many years.

How Much Does Dermabrasion Cost in Richmond?

Dermabrasion is not covered by insurance. After your consultation, we provide a detailed cost so that you can review your budget and be prepared to pay for the procedure. We accept several payment options, and financing is available through CareCredit®.

If you want a non-surgical solution for aging that produces dramatic results, dermabrasion may be right for you. If you live in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia, contact Richmond Plastic Surgeons to schedule your personal consultation.