Skin resurfacing treatment is used to remove the top layer of skin in order to reduce fine wrinkles, skin blemishes and raised skin or scarring to give a more youthful appearance. There are several ways in which the texture of the skin can be improved, including laser facial resurfacing and dermabrasion. Laser resurfacing destroys the surface of the skin in a controlled manner to expose the lower layer. Dermabrasion ‘sands’ off the top layer of skin again exposing the lower level. Once the skin grows back it is smoother than before and imperfections are reduced.

What does the procedure involve?

Dermabrasion is usually carried out under local anaesthetic and takes about 30 minutes. The top layer of skin is sanded away using an abrasive head attached to a hand-held electric machine.

Mr Richard only offers dermabrasion as a skin resurfacing option. He works closely with Dr Victor Sagoo, a cosmetic demonologist, and when agreed it is Dr Sagoo who provides laser treatments.

What to expect post surgery?

Specialist post–op care:
> You will have Aciclovir (anti cold sore tablets) and painkillers to take home.
> You will have Polyfax ointment to use for 7 to 10 days 3 times a day.
> Your skin will be swollen with some redness and oozing.
> Wash face with tepid water, a mild cleanser may be used after the first week.
> No touching treated area or picking at crusted skin.
> Avoid excessive facial expressions.
> Men - no shaving the treated area for two weeks. It is advisable to start shaving with an electric razor.
> No make-up for the first 7 to 10 days. Use mineral base make-up thereafter.
> Avoid going out in the sun for prolonged periods for the first 2 weeks and use a high factor sunscreen thereafter

Please click here for more general post-operation care.

What are the risks?

Common side effects:
The skin may initially be bloody and crusty, with wounds that can ooze and scab over. Both laser and dermabrasion treatment will leave the skin initially pink and sensitive and this can last for up to 6 months.

Risks relating specifically to skin resurfacing include:
> Skin infection.
> Scarring is rare but can occur and people with dark complexions may be left with discoloured or blotchy skin.

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