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 Have you ever wondered how celebrities seem to have glowing skin? They always seem to look perfect on camera, even when they do not have makeup on. But while these celebrities might want people to think their skin is just naturally beautiful, the real secret to their skincare has been well kept – until now. Hollywood’s elite aren’t born with radiant skin, they get it through a process called Dermabrasion.


Dermabrasion is an effective treatment that works on both women and men. The treatment can be performed on the face, neck, chest, arms, and even hands and has become increasingly popular in Chicago. It buffs away the surface layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, to reveal smooth, younger looking skin beneath.

Dermabrasion is considered a surgical procedure, not to be confused with Microdermabrasion, which is a newer non-surgical treatment. The procedure can be performed in several ways. One of the most popular is by using a tool that shoots crystals composed of aluminum oxide, sodium chloride or sodium bicarbonate that scrub away the layer of dead skin cells. A vacuum in the tool then collects the leftover cells. The tool is moved steadily over the target area, applying pressure and promoting new, healthy and soft skin.  Other methods can involve the use of a diamond wheel, wire brush, or other instruments. Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Otto Placik has been performing this procedure for many years with a mechanical Dermabrasion device that smoothes out skin and promotes new cell growth.  He will ensure the best results are achieved with as minimal stress to the skin as possible.

What Areas Does Chicago Dermabrasion Target?

The epidermis is composed of several layers of dead skin cells, of which the topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. This layer is where most skin imperfections can be found, including wrinkles, blemishes, scars, and sun damage. Both Microdermabrasion and Dermabrasion target this layer to eliminate all these skin imperfections. However, the Dermabrasion procedure can extend deeper into the epidermis, to a layer of the skin known as the reticular dermis. The effects are more pronounced and a larger area of the skin is treated to target deep-rooted scars and blemished areas.

What to Expect After Treatment

While the treatment is considered an out-patient procedure, if the patient needs to treat a larger area, a surgical center may be the best place to perform the Dermabrasion. Some patients may receive a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure, while others may need general anesthesia if they wish to treat larger areas. It will typically take anywhere from 10 to 14 days for the skin to fully heal. Until then, the skin might appear red and sensitive, but this will pass. Discomfort can be managed with medication but in order for the skin to fully heal after the treatment, a skin care regimen must be adhered to so results can be optimal.

Patients suffering from rosacea, fragile capillaries, open sores, skin lesions, psoriasis, and other skin conditions are not ideal candidates for Chicago Dermabrasion.

To find out of Dermabrasion is right for you, contact Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Otto Placik today and schedule a consultation.


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