* If Inquiring about our medi-spa “Microdermabrasion” treatments, please contact our office at (727) 219-9168 to speak with our Aesthetician, Angela.** (the procedure below is not the same).
Dermabrasion Surgery in Tampa and Palm Harbor
Refinishing treatments can offer dramatic improvements in the surface of your skin
Moraitis Plastic Surgery’s Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Isidoros Moraitis, performs Dermabrasion Surgery on his patients to help “refinish” the skin’s top layers. If you are desiring improvement in acne scarring, traumatic scarring or fine facial lines, this procedure can help soften the appearance of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother look and feel. Many men and women in Palm Harbor and surrounding areas come to Dr. Moraitis for Dermabrasion to treat fine lines or “smoker’s lines” around the mouth. Dermabrasion can be performed on small areas such as this or the entire face. Dr. Moraitis most commonly performs Dermabrasion in conjunction with Face Lift Surgery.
Dermabrasion Surgery typically takes a few minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how large an area of skin is involved. It’s not uncommon to perform multiple treatments in stages, especially when scarring is deep.
In dermabrasion, the surgeon abrades or “sands” away the outermost layer of skin with a rough burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle. Once the procedure is complete, Dr. Moraitis applies a petrolatum-based ointment such as Aquaphor, to the affected area. Daily application of this ointment after surgery will help to maintain moisture in the affected skin as you heal. Your “new” layer of skin will heal within 7-10 days and many of Dr. Moraitis’ patients return to work in about two weeks.
Alternative Treatments to Dermabrasion
When patients consult with Dr. Moraitis for skin refinishing options, he sometimes recommends Chemical Peels, an alternative method removing the top layer of skin. While Dermabrasion is a surgical treatment that “mechanically” removes the affected skin layers, chemical peels “chemically” remove the affected skin.
In general, Chemical Peels are more commonly performed to treat fine wrinkles, whereas Dermabrasion is recommended to treat deeper imperfections such as acne scars. Dr. Moraitis recommends other non-surgical and non-chemical treatments such as Laser Genesis for his patients with slightly darker skin, especially when treating limited areas of the face.
A cosmetic consultation with Dr. Moraitis to discuss your options for Dermabrasion Surgery can help you decide if it is right for you.
For more information on Dermabrasion Surgery or to schedule a cosmetic consultation at our Palm Harbor plastic surgery practice, please contact us by calling (727) 219-9168 today or by completing our contact form to request a personal contact from our office.