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To get better-looking skin with improved tone and texture, dermabrasion is a popular cosmetic treatment that involves using a surgical skin tools called a wire brush or burr to remove the top layers of the skin, which will initiate the growth of new skin. With care and precision, South Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, uses the quick-rotating tool to carefully level off the skin’s top layers. Since the skin reacts as though it has been damaged, it will naturally heal, which will create newer, fresher, younger-looking skin in the process. This treatment is great for those concerned with fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, surgical scars and other skin conditions.

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How is Dermabrasion Performed?

Dermabrasion treatment can go as deep as the dermis depending on the extent of the skin irregularity being treated. During the procedure, the skin is prepared with cryogenic spray, a cooling substance that freezes the skin. This allows the skin to be firm and makes the burring process easier. The skin is then slightly stretched and the rough end of the dermabrasion tool is brushed back and forth until the appropriate amount of scraping has occurred. A healing ointment, such as petroleum jelly, and topical antiseptics may be applied after the procedure followed by bandages for protection.

What Are the Benefits of Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion in Denver, CO at Shah Aesthetic Surgery is a straightforward, yet effective, nonsurgical procedure to revitalize your skin’s health, vitality, and appearance with a multitude of extraordinary benefits, including the following:
  • Renews and rejuvenates the look of your skin
  • Supports the health of your skin
  • Contracts large pores
  • Alleviates wrinkles, lines, and natural signs of aging
  • Brief, beneficial, and easy treatment
  • Elevates and invigorates the complexion
  • Delivers effective exfoliation
  • Clears away deteriorated, dead skin cells
  • Improves and smooths out bumpy feel
  • Tightens and firms skin
  • No scarring
  • Minimal recovery, if any
  • Decreases acne spots and imperfections
  • Produces results in several areas of the body
  • Reliable and effective for all skin types
  • Decreases the visibility of scars and acne scarring

Am I A Candidate For Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a good option for men and women of any age who want a healthier, clearer complexion. Dermabrasion can help correct the appearance of small facial scars, fine lines, blotches, and spots on your skin. Since dermabrasion removes the damaged outer layers of skin, your face will feel smoother while also looking brighter and more even. Most patients notice that skincare products absorb faster and work better following dermabrasion. This procedure may not be recommended if you have sensitive skin, skin allergies, or frequent fever blisters and cold sores. It is also important to note that dermabrasion can’t be done if you have active acne or another skin outbreak to avoid infections. A dermabrasion treatment may be performed on a small area, the whole face, as well as the neck, chest, and hands. Dermabrasion may also be combined with other procedures offered at Shah Aesthetic Surgery, such as an injectable treatment or chemical peel, for greater improvements.

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Large Buldge – Denver, CO – I met Dr Shah in 2007 when he did a face lift for me. I was really happy with the results. When I found out no amount of diet and exercise would remedy the problem with my abdomen I contacted him. and even through I no longer live in Colorado, I knew he was the doctor I wanted to perform my surgery.I am a little over four weeks after surgery and I am thrilled with the results. I am 66 years old and healing well and now I have the tummy I have dreamed of having.Thank you Dr Shah I appreciate your skill and care!


Highly recommend Dr Shah and his staff! Everyone is fantastic Dr Shah is highly skilled, knowledgeable, excellent chair side manner, professional, authentic and kind


Very satisfied with my service from Shah Aesthetic Surgery! I could not be happier with my results!


I have communicated with Dr. Shah through Instagram, he was so nice and informative with me. I’ve spoken to his office staff, they are equally as friendly and helpful! I will definitely go in for a treatment soon.


The kindest and most professional staff ever! Dr. Shah makes sure to listen to what it is that you want and works his magic. Everyone makes sure you feel comfortable and understand step by step what it is you’ll be expecting and the aftercare. Even during aftercare everyone is so attentive and are always there if you have any questions.I loved my experience. I’m super happy with my results!



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What to Expect After Dermabrasion

Due to the slight invasive nature of this procedure, local anesthesia is used. It can last anywhere from 1-2 hours and is generally performed in the office. With deeper dermabrasion treatments, there may be minor bleeding. Patients must expect that the treated area will be red and swollen for about 10-14 days.  Peeling will take place and could last up to a full week. The new skin will look pink and gradually fade to a more natural skin color after a few weeks. It is critical that the patient strictly adheres to post-treatment care, including an avoidance of sun exposure, to ensure proper skin healing.
90% percent of Dr. Shah’s surgical practice is related to cosmetic surgery of the face, eyes, ears, and nose. Dr. Shah performs, on average, around 1000 facial surgical procedures per year. According to 2010 statistics from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), member surgeons averaged 6 rhinoplasties per year. Dr. Shah performs, on average, around 50 rhinoplasties per year. This number continues to increase every year.

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Dermabrasion FAQs

Who Should Get Dermabrasion?

Any individual, men or women, with skin irregularities may consider the benefits of dermabrasion. It’s an effective treatment for those who have fine wrinkles, acne scars, keloid, hyperpigmentation or any abnormal skin growth.

Who Should Avoid Dermabrasion Treatment?

There are some precautions for those who have specific skin conditions, including severe acne or those who are on aggressive acne medications. The doctor will evaluate the patient’s condition before any treatment and inquire about any medical case that may be present, or medications that have been taken within the last year.

How About Freckles?

Freckles are an overproduction of melanin in the skin and common to those who have a fair complexion. It becomes visible due to extreme exposure to sun. Although dermabrasion can remove the top layers of skin where freckles are contained, there are other alternatives specifically for freckle removal such as a chemical peel or laser treatment to minimize the freckles from reoccurring.

Is A Chemical Peel Better?

Dermabrasion and chemical peels both refinish the skin to promote new skin growth. Both can be mildly or aggressively invasive depending on how many layers are involved. The only difference between the two treatments is the method used in achieving the intended results. Dermabrasion uses a surgical tool that gently scrapes the skin while a chemical peel uses solutions, usually acid based, to attain a similar result. Dermabrasion does better in removing small acne scars as there is more control on which tiny spots need more scraping.

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