Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are cosmetic procedures designed to smoothen and improve the tone, clarity, and texture of the skin surface through controlled surgical scraping or sloughing using a specialized, medical-grade instrument. These procedures are commonly used for smoothing out fine lines, minimizing the appearance of scars, and fading discolorations.

While dermabrasion is ideal for superficial imperfections such as wrinkles, pigmentation, and scar tissue, dermaplaning is most effective in treating deep acne scars. Both procedures can help improve your overall skin condition by promoting a more even tone and texture, thus restoring the skin’s natural glow and suppleness.

Reasons To Undergo This Procedure

The skin naturally loses its youthful vibrancy and elasticity as we age. This process of skin deterioration can start as early as puberty, which is usually when acne and other skin issues present themselves.

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning provide patients with an effective, long-lasting solution to skin problems that cannot be addressed by everyday skin care or topical peeling solutions. These procedures are commonly requested to help minimize the following skin issues:

  1. Fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Skin discolorations
  3. Tattoos
  4. Various types of scars
  5. Excessive redness and bumpiness of the nose (rhinophyma)
  6. Precancerous growths

What Are The Benefits?

Performing non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as dermabrasion or dermaplaning requires medical knowledge and surgical precision to ensure consistent and satisfactory results.

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge and experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jacob Sedgh delivers the highest level of care and expertise to all his patients. This allows him to provide tailored treatments that are designed to successfully address the patient’s unique skin concerns.

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning can yield the following benefits:

  1. Smoother, younger-looking skin
  2. Improved uniformity of skin tone and color
  3. Refined skin texture
  4. Increased self-confidence

The initial consultation is an essential step for a successful treatment. As with all of his patients, Dr. Sedgh will take the time to meet you and interview you about your motivations for the procedure to determine your specific skin restoration goals.

He will also perform the following for an in-depth evaluation of your skin concerns:

  1. Thorough physical evaluation
  2. Assessment of medical history and other relevant lifestyle factors
  3. Investigation of other factors that may affect the outcome of the procedure
  4. Discussion on the proposed cosmetic procedure

You can choose to have your initial consultation with Dr. Sedgh through video conferencing if you are unable to travel to his clinic. If you require assistance in making the necessary travel arrangements for the day of the procedure, the doctor’s clinic also offers comprehensive medical and concierge services.

Dermabrasion Procedure

Skin resurfacing procedures involve controlled damage to the skin. This can be uncomfortable, which is why they are usually performed under local anesthesia. In some cases, a freezing spray may also be used to further numb the area and ensure the patient’s comfort as the dermabrasion or dermaplaning procedure is being performed.

The anesthetic to be used will depend on the extent of the skin resurfacing that is required to achieve the desired results. For more severe cases, general anesthesia may be used to allow the patient to sleep through the procedure without experiencing any pain or discomfort.

Dermabrasion uses a motorized medical instrument fitted with a rough wire brush or a diamond-encrusted wheel (also known as a “burr”) to remove the outermost layers of the skin. Dermaplaning, on the other hand, addresses skin depressions by using a razor-like surgical instrument to carefully remove layers of skin around the recessed area.

As for the actual procedure, dermabrasion is performed by carefully scraping the outer layers of the skin where the imperfections—scars, fine lines, or skin pigmentation—are located until optimum resurfacing is achieved.

Meanwhile, dermaplaning involves the skimming or shaving of the skin that surrounds the acne scars using an oscillating blade or scalpel. Layers of skin will be removed up until the doctor reaches the lowest point of the scar and achieves a more even surface around the area.

Once the resurfacing procedure is complete, the skin may be treated with a wet or waxy dressing, a topical ointment, or a dry treatment.

These procedures usually last anywhere between a few minutes to two hours, at the most.


Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are normally performed as outpatient procedures. After the treatment, you may experience redness, swelling, and pain, as well as difficulty in eating or talking. To combat these side effects, Dr. Sedgh will prescribe a specific aftercare treatment plan, along with oral and topical medications.

Patients should notice a gradual decrease in redness and swelling within the first week, but it takes about two weeks for the treated skin to be deemed “socially presentable.”

As part of his commitment to providing exemplary care, Dr. Sedgh will personally monitor your recovery within the first few days after the procedure up until your skin is fully healed, so you can expect regularly scheduled follow-up appointments throughout the next few months.

He also makes it a point to be available for all postoperative questions and concerns.

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