Scars have a way of lowering our confidence in ourselves. This is because even small ones represent a permanent mark on our skin. How we get them varies depending on the exact nature of the scar. Some of them are from overt injuries where we’ve cut ourselves particularly badly or ended up burned by a source of heat. Others are a bit more varied. Acne leaves scars in its wake for many people when it isn’t treated properly. The varied scars also exist from other skin conditions that permanently damage the skin as well. Regardless of their origin, scars represent areas where the collagen in the skin has been so damaged that the skin had a difficult time stitching itself back together. This results in skin that both looks and feels different. Proper care can prevent a currently scarring wound from being too visible, but we don’t always get to treating the skin properly in time. That means we need to look to other treatments to help reduce their appearance. Some people turn to microdermabrasion, but this actually isn’t the best option available.
Only Scratching the Surface
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that involves, in essence, lightly sandblasting the skin. It can use a number of crystalline substances, but the result is always the same. It is a gentle, but supervised method of exfoliation that helps improve the overall clarity of your skin. This results in both healthier and younger looking skin as some of the harsher look that dull skin can give you is removed. It isn’t strong enough to actually treat scars even though people often suggest trying it for such problems. There’s actually a reason for this. Microdermabrasion is the gentler relative of dermabrasion. The latter is a supervised cosmetic procedure that can actually help reduce the appearance of scars when used appropriately. People are simply more used to hearing microdermabrasion and end up suggesting that when they mean dermabrasion. It utilizes similar principles to microdermabrasion while making a more potent treatment. Think of it as being similar to the differences between an at-home peeling product and a supervised chemical peel.
Wearing Away Misfortune
Dermabrasion, like its gentler relative, utilizes an abrasive material or substance to work on the skin. The most common options are either a brush of some sort or a rotating device. These options are used on the skin in a deft way to provide a targeted treatment to the face. Dermabrasion reaches much deeper than microdermabrasion for this very reason. It is suggested for helping to work on scars and similar irregularities in the skin. You will need to talk to a dermatologist or cosmetic professional if you want to seek dermabrasion though. It doesn’t work well with all skin types or colors. Additionally, you can expect this to be treated as a full procedure. The potential for pain does exist and as a result, most professionals performing it will provide local anesthesia for the area being treated. Be sure to listen to any aftercare instructions as your skin will need to recover after the treatment. This is especially true if work was done on a notable scar.
It is important to note that the optimal time to treat a scar is while it is relatively fresh and raised from the skin. This allows professionals and various products to work on the actual scar directly rather than needing to contend with the rest of your skin. There are various topical products available that you can use during the early part of scar formation to reduce the overall appearance then. You may also wish to consult your doctor or dermatologist on things you can do to overall reduce the appearance of the scar as well ranging from prescription products to particular techniques. These are all your best options as treating the scar before it becomes an obvious, lasting issue is the best course of action. Dermabrasion, in particular, carries the risk of altering skin color in the areas it is used on and other potential forms of damage. It can help, yes, but it should only be used when advised as an option.
Dermabrasion, not microdermabrasion, is actually potentially useful to anyone who wants to reduce the appearance of a scar. It does come with a few caveats as it can damage the skin in its own ways if it isn’t done well. Early treatment of potential scars will always be your best option, but not everyone has that luxury. If a scar troubling you, then do talk to your dermatologist or cosmetic professional about dermabrasion and other options for reducing the appearance of the scar.