How many treatments would one need for the dermabrasion procedure?

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Thank you for your question. As each patient's health profile, needs and desired results are different, so too are the prescribed procedures. Typically, a patient will undergo one procedure of dermabrasion followed by a treatment and recovery plan. At the conclusion of the plan, the surgeon and patient can reevaluate the effectiveness of the dermabrasion and determine next steps. Always consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Best wishes,

Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How many dermabrasion treatments for optimal results

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Dermabrasion can be repeated to improve the smoothness of scars.  To be meaningful, each treatment has to be deep enough to stimulate new collagen and elastin production in a meaningful way.  The goal is to repeat the dermabrasion only if a significant improvement can be expected without causing scarring.

Elliott B. Lavey, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon


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Hello, and thank you for this question. We answered depends on what you are trying to treat. In many instances for deep wrinkles or acne-type scars a single dermabrasion treatment would suffice. Occasionally we would need to do a touchup. Generally patient should be placed on a regimen of skin care prior to the procedure and most likely would need some postoperative skin treatments as well to lessen the risk of scarring and pigmentation issues. In addition at that we also utilized CO2 laser resurfacing and chemical peel for specific indications. This is something that can be discussed at a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon and/or dermatologist with some experience in these areas.

John J. O`Brien, Jr., MD
Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
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