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Dermabrasion in San Antonio, TX

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About Dermabrasion

Blemishes can build up on the surface of the skin, creating a dull complexion with spots, scars, and fine lines. At LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX, dermabrasion treatments with diamond peel technology removes the dead and damaged skin cells from the upper layers of the face, revealing a more youthful appearance with clearer, even skin that feels soft and smooth. Medical director Dr. Melanie Carreon recommends dermabrasion (also known as dermaplaning or dermablading) to her patients who want a fast, effective nonsurgical procedure that reduces signs of aging and improves the overall health of their skin. If you live in the surrounding areas of San Antonio, San Marcos, New Braunfels, or Austin, call our office today to schedule a private consult.

Ideal Candidates

Dermabrasion treatments are a great choice for men and women of all ages who want healthier, clearer skin. Dermabrasion can help improve the appearance of fine lines, small facial scars, spots, and blotches on your face. Since dermabrasion removes the outer, damaged layers of skin, your skin will feel smoother, have a more even tone, and look brighter. Many patients also find that after dermabrasion treatments, skin care products absorb more quickly and work more effectively. If you have sensitive skin, skin allergies, or frequent cold sores and fever blisters, this procedure may not be recommended. It is also important to note that dermabrasion should not be performed if you have an active acne or other skin outbreak to avoid an infection. A dermabrasion treatment can be performed on a small area, the whole face, as well as the neck, chest, and hands. Dermabrasion can also be combined with other procedures offered at LCS Medical Spa like a facial or injectable wrinkle treatment for more dramatic improvements.

Procedure Technique

After your consultation, your dermabrasion treatment will be performed in one of our minor procedure rooms. You will be able to relax as your skin is cleansed and prepped before the treatment begins. Local anesthesia is usually used to numb the skin before the treatment so you will feel more comfortable during the process. Dermabrasion is performed with a diamond-tipped tool that spins against the skin's surface to safely slough off the upper layers of skin. Dermaplaning and dermablading work like dermabrasion, but instead uses a surgical blade or dermatome that shaves off the damaged skin. After the procedure, any remaining debris will be removed and a serum or moisturizer will be massaged into the treated areas to nourish and protect your skin. You will be able to leave immediately after the procedure to resume your normal activities.

What to Expect

After dermabrasion, your skin may be irritated, swollen, and red like a mild sunburn, but this can usually be treated with ointments and over-the-counter pain medications as you heal over 7 – 10 days. You should be careful to minimize sun exposure and frequently apply UV protection to your skin since the new layers of skin that are exposed by dermabrasion will be sensitive. Most patients have visibly clearer skin that feels smoother — this will only improve as the skin heals. To maintain your results, talk to Dr. Carreon about how often you should schedule dermabrasion or other treatments based on your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does dermabrasion cost?
Your cost for a dermabrasion will depend on the size of the area you are having treated. After your treatment plan has been created in your consultation with Dr. Carreon, our Aestheticians will be able to discuss your costs. Since dermabrasion treatments have the best results when performed regularly, you may consider purchasing a discounted package. LCS Medical Spa also offers specials frequently on treatments like dermabrasion, so be sure to check our site or ask about current offerings when scheduling your appointment.

What's the difference between dermabrasion, dermaplaning, and microdermabrasion?
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are both aggressive skin resurfacing treatments that can improve skin blemishes and correct signs of aging. The main difference between dermabrasion and dermaplaning is the tool used. Dermabrasion is performed with a diamond-tipped wand that spins against your skin. Dermaplaning (also called dermablading) is performed with a dermatome, which is a small blade that is used to scrape off the upper layers of skin. Microdermabrasion is a lighter version of dermabrasion that is best for removing the upper layer of dead skin cells for smoother, softer skin.

Should I get dermabrasion or a chemical peel?
During your consultation, Dr. Carreon will assess your skin and ask about your concerns and goals. From there, Dr. Carreon can discuss whether dermabrasion or a chemical peel is best for your needs. Dermabrasion and a medium or deep chemical peel are both effective at treating sun damage, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and a rough skin texture. You may find that you prefer one treatment over the other or that your skin tolerates one better. Tell Dr. Carreon about your skin's health and history, including allergies or past reactions.

Is dermabrasion painful?
Depending on the depth of your treatment, Dr. Carreon will suggest a numbing cream if needed to keep you comfortable during the procedure. After the dermabrasion, when the numbing cream wears off, the treated area(s) may tingle, sting, or feel like a mild sunburn. Our licensed Aestheticians will go over tips to care for your skin including how often to apply ointments. Redness, swelling, and any discomfort should subside quickly as your skin heals and your results become visible.

Can I combine dermabrasion with other treatments?
Yes. Dermabrasion can be combined with a variety of treatments such as BOTOX, Xeomin, Juvéderm, or Radiesse. A medical-grade facial is also frequently combined with dermabrasion to produce stunning results. Tell Dr. Carreon about all your cosmetic goals during your consultation so she can create a comprehensive treatment plan that matches all your needs.

Smooth Out Your Skin

LCS Medical Spa believes in enhancing your natural beauty to optimize your self-confidence. Nonsurgical dermabrasion treatments can reveal a better complexion with fewer scars, spots, lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. At a consultation with Dr. Carreon, you can expect to receive a thorough explanation of the dermabrasion process, as well as an examination of your skin to determine your best treatment plan. To get started down the path toward clearer, healthier skin, contact our Seguin, TX office near New Braunfels, San Marcos, San Antonio, Austin TX to learn more about dermabrasion and schedule your treatment.

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Results and Testimonials are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. All photos/images are models, unless specified as actual patients of Dr. Melanie Carreon.