Craig Mezrow MS, MD, FACS

What is Dermabrasion?

Deep wrinkles, acne scarring and elevated scars can be improved with dermabrasion, which utilizes a high-speed rotary wheel to remove top layers of skin.


Consulting with Dr. Mezrow:

During the consultation, Dr. Mezrow will ask you about your particular concerns regarding your skin. This will help determine your expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved.

After obtaining a comprehensive medical and surgical history, Dr. Mezrow will examine your skin. The skin color and degree of wrinkles will be assessed.

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Who is a candidate?

A candidate for dermabrasion will typically have deep facial wrinkles, acne scarring or elevated scars. A candidate for dermabrasion may have deep wrinkles around the mouth, regions of acne scarring such as on the cheeks, or a scar that healed elevated.


How is the procedure done?

Dermabrasion takes approximately 1 hour or less to perform depending on the number or regions treated. After cleansing the region to be treated and under local anesthesia dermabrasion is performed. Following the dermabrasion, petroleum jelly is applied generously over the region treated to facilitate healing for approximately one week.

Dermabrasion is performed on an outpatient basis. You may be permitted to go home after recovery.


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What kind of medications will be given to me?

ypically; local anesthesia is used for dermabrasion. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. Petroleum ointment will be applied to the regions treated.


What are the potential complications?

Fortunately, significant complications from dermabrasion are infrequent, however, all surgery has risks. Dr. Mezrow will discuss with you, the risks, benefits and alternatives and answer all your questions. Some potential complications include infection, scarring, delayed healing and skin color changes (abnormal pigmentation).

When can I return to work?

Typically, you may return to work in approximately one week.

How long is the healing process?

During the healing process, there will be slight swelling and the skin will typically be bright red-pink and slowly fade over time. During your follow-up appointments with Dr. Mezrow, you will be instructed when to discontinue the petroleum ointment, transition to moisturizer, sunscreen and make-up.

It is imperative to avoid sun exposure for approximately one week during the healing process and then once the skin has healed, it is essential to wear sunscreen.

Dermabrasion will improve deep facial wrinkles, acne scarring and decrease sun-damaged skin obtaining a more refreshed, and younger skin appearance. It is not uncommon to be more confident about your appearance.

Healing from your surgery is a process that takes time for final result. You will be instructed to return to Dr. Mezrow’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals to monitor your progress and optimize your outcome.

The effects of dermabrasion are long lasting and should last for many years.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to surgery or during your recovery, you should contact Dr. Mezrow.