What is Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a form of controlled surgical scraping, using autoclaved sandpaper or a burr containing diamond particles. It is used to smooth out the texture of the skin and remove scarring or wrinkles that are present on the skin. It is a manual technique that has been used for many years. The dermabrasion procedure has lost popularity recently, and most dermatologists now prefer to use lasers for skin resurfacing.
Why is the Fractional CO2 laser safer and more effective than Dermabrasion?
The Fractional CO2 laser is a controlled treatment using a precise laser to treat areas of the skin. The laser creates microscopic columns of thermal injury into the skin that stimulates collagen production, in order to smooth out wrinkles and reduce acne scarring. Healthy skin is left intact between the treated areas, in order to minimize the risks associated with the treatment. The fractional CO2 laser can be used to remove wrinkles, and fractional CO2 laser can also be used to remove acne scars. In contrast, dermabrasion is not as predictable and the surgeon may not able be to determine the exact depth of the treatment. The risk of permanent scarring and pigment changes after dermabrasion is much higher than the newer fractional laser treatments, which is why Dr. Schweiger prefers to use Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing instead.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a much more superficial treatment than traditional dermabrasion. There is no downtime associated with microdermabrasion treatments and they are extremely safe. Microdermabrasion can be effective for treating very fine lines and improving upon the texture of the skin.