Current or recent use (less than one year) of
Skin, blood flow, or immune disorders that could make healing more difficult
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Your doctor may:
Do a complete health evaluation and a skin exam
Recommend an antiviral medication if you have a history of herpes infection
Give you a prescription for
and/or a skin lightening cream
Photographs will also be taken before and after surgery. This will help to see the changes.
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. A numbing spray may also be used. If the amount of work is extensive, you may need general anesthesia. In this case, you will be asleep.
A sedative medication may be given to help you relax.
Description of the Procedure
The area of skin will be cleaned and the anesthesia will be applied. A motorized tool with a wheel or brush will be used. The tool with be passed over the skin. Each pass will remove a certain amount of skin. The process will continue until the damaged area is level with the rest of the skin.
An ointment or dressing will be applied to the area.
How Long Will It Take?
The length of time depends on the size of the area to be treated. It can range from a few minutes to 90 minutes.
How Much Will It Hurt?
Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.
Healing normally takes 7-10 days. A steroid medication may be prescribed to reduce swelling and improve healing.
Proper care will also help you heal. Steps may include:
Adjust your daily activities until your doctor says it is safe to resume them.
Avoid sun exposure. After peeling has stopped, use sunscreen every day.
Go to follow-up visits as advised by your doctor. They are important to monitor the skin's healing and regrowth.
At first, the area will bleed. After it heals, the skin should appear smoother and blend into the surrounding skin. Results are long lasting.
During your procedure, the staff will take steps to reduce your chance of infection, such as:
Washing their hands
Wearing gloves or masks
Keeping the treated area moist by changing the ointment and dressing on the wound
There are also steps you can take to reduce your chance of infection, such as:
Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
Cleaning the skin several times a day and gently removing crusting that develops during healing
Not allowing others to touch your skin
Call Your Doctor
It is important to monitor your recovery. Alert your doctor to any problems. If any of the following occur, call your doctor:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the treatment site
Skin redness or loss of color that does not go away
Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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