Dermabrasion and Chemical PeelingRosacea Treatment by Dermabrasion
Recommended for the treatment of scars and fine wrinkles, particularly around the upper lip and mouth in patients of 30 and over. This treatment is also recommended for patients of 18 and over troubled with skin impurities, enlarged pores or acne.
Only an experienced surgeon can decide whether a chemical peeling, dermabrasion or laser peeling is the most suitable treatment for a particular skin type.
Dermabrasion is carried out with a high-speed diamond-tipped abrasion head or burr that scrapes away the skin surface. Treatment is performed under local anaesthetic and on an outpatient basis. After meticulous cleansing, the skin to be treated is stretched and tightened by hand and the abrasion carried out. Finally, gauze saturated with antibiotic ointment is placed over the wound and this dressisng removed after 24 hours. After this the skin is treated with compresses and a healing ointment until a dry crust forms.
Chemical Peeling can be divided into three levels: for minor peels requiring a mild exfoliating action on more superficial wrinkles glycolic acid is used, for a medium depth peel trichloracetic acid (TCA) and deep skin peeling is carried out with phenol substances. The chemical peeling with the most effective results and the minimum side-effects is the trichloracetic acid peeling (30-40%).
After dermabrasion and deep chemical peeling a scab or crust will form, which is then treated daily with special ointments. After about 10 days new skin will have formed and make-up may be worn again. For three months after treatment direct sun exposure (this includes tanning beds) should be avoided to prevent pigmentation disturbances.