Dr. Lesavoy can perform dermabrasion and dermaplaning fairly quickly. The procedures usually take from a few minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how large an area of skin is involved. It’s not uncommon for the procedure to be performed more than once, or in stages, especially when scarring is deep or a large area of skin is involved.
In dermabrasion, Dr. Lesavoy scrapes away the top layers of skin using an electrically operated instrument with a rough wire brush or diamond- impregnated burr.
In dermabrasion, Dr. Lesavoy scrapes away the outermost layer of skin with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle. The scraping continues until Dr. Lesavoy reaches the safest level that will make the scar or wrinkle less visible.
This cross section shows how dermabrasion smooths irregularities in the outermost layer of skin.
In dermaplaning, Dr. Lesavoy uses a hand-held instrument called a dermatome. Resembling an electric razor, the dermatome has an oscillating blade that moves back and forth to evenly “skim” off the surface layers of skin that surround the craters or other facial defects. This skimming continues until the lowest point of the acne scar becomes more even with the surrounding skin.
Dermaplaning uses a dermatone to skim off surface layers of skin that surround facial defects.
Dr. Lesavoy may then treat the skin in a number of ways, including ointment, a wet or waxy dressing, dry treatment, or some combination thereof.