Is it Worth it to Have Dermabrasion?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have elective surgery is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having dermabrasion. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Dermabrasion: the Procedure and Recovery. For more about the many resources Doctor Review has to offer, you can check out our Facial Plastic Surgery Overview page.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the surgeon who will perform your surgery if you decide to proceed.
Any surgery has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. There is a chance of infection in the treated skin, which may require antibiotics and may also lead to a less aesthetically-pleasing result. There is also a risk that the procedure will lead to further scarring, which may mean that the treated skin ends up looking worse rather than better as a result of dermabrasion. This risk can be greatly reduced by choosing an excellent surgeon who doesn’t go too deep when performing dermabrasion, as well as by protecting your skin after the procedure. There is a risk of sun damage to the skin in the months following the procedure, when your new skin is not fully pigmented; if you are not diligent about sun protection, then sun damage may occur.
There is also a risk that dermabrasion will not fully hide the skin problems you are concerned about. This could happen because the scars or wrinkles are too deep, or because your surgeon is not aggressive enough with the dermabrasion; however, too aggressive and additional scarring will result, as described above. You should discuss your preferences with your surgeon to increase the chances that you’ll be happy with your dermabrasion result.
Those who have scars on the face usually feel extremely self-conscious about them. Often, scars happen from acne as a teenager, and the person has been “pockmarked” since then. For other people, scars occur as a result of accidents, or when skin tumors are removed from the face. In any of these cases, the person is likely to suffer from a loss of confidence as a result of the scars. They often spend a lot of time and money on makeup and other methods to hide these scars, usually with poor results. Dermabrasion can allow these people to regain their smooth skin (at least in part), so they can show their face to the world again, feeling confident and attractive.
For some, there are signs of aging in the face. The wrinkles may be too deep or numerous to be addressed with cosmetic dermatology (such as dermal fillers or botox). However, the person may want to avoid a facelift or other more invasive procedure. Dermabrasion can allow this person to regain a more youthful, vibrant appearance, with wrinkles appearing significantly less obvious.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for dermabrasion is $1,151. This varies between surgeons and in different regions, so check with the surgeon you’re considering to find out the exact price. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. Keep in mind that surgeons often offer financing options. For more detail, please visit our Dermabrasion Cost page.