Dermabrasion involves the controlled deeper abrasion (wearing away) of the upper to mid layers of the skin with any variety of strong abrasive devices including a wire brush, diamond wheel or fraise, sterilized sandpaper, salt crystals, or other mechanical means. The brush or burr rotates rapidly, taking off and leveling (abrading or planing) the top layers of the skin.
The purpose of Dermabrasion is to help diminish the appearance of deeper scars and skin imperfections. The face is the most common site for treatment, but other areas of the skin can be treated this way. Often the goal is to smooth the skin and, in the process, remove small scars (as from acne), uneven skin tone from scars or birthmarks, sun damage, tattoos, age spots, stretch marks or fine wrinkles
You may not be a good candidate for Dermabrasion if you:
Have recently had a face-lift or brow-lift, although skin areas that were not affected by the lift can be treated.
Have an active herpes infection or other skin infection.
Are overly sensitive to cold (if freezing spray needs to be used).