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Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing procedure that minimizes facial imperfections like scarring, deep wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Dermabrasion removes outer layers of skin, stimulating the natural re-generation of new skin tissue that is softer, smoother, and more youthful. The procedure may be applied to the entire face or targeted to a specific area, and may be used in combination with other treatments such as a chemical peel for even more dramatic results.


The best candidates for dermabrasion are men and women in reasonably good health who are concerned with one or more of the following:

  • Acne scarring or scars left after injury or surgery
  • Fine lines and facial wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone, pigmentation irregularities, or age spots
  • Skin that has been damaged by the sun
  • Keratoses (precancerous skin patches)

See dermabrasion before & after photos from real patients!

NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Loeb stresses the importance of realistic expectations with regard to dermabrasion and will encourage you to follow all pre- and post-treatment instructions to ensure the best possible results.  Patients with darker skin tones, those who have had allergic reactions to skin treatments in the past, or those in the midst of an active acne breakout or severe sun burn may not be good candidates for dermabrasion. Dr. Loeb will address any such drawbacks during your initial consultation at his private office suite on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to determine whether dermabrasion is a good choice for you.


Dr. Loeb may first administer a mild sedative to relax you during the procedure. The treatment area is numbed using a local anesthetic, and then may be “frozen” using a cryogenic spray. Dr. Loeb then carefully moves a device similar to a handheld sander across the surface of the skin to remove outer layers of dermis. Treatment usually involves one small area of skin at a time, and the entire procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the amount of skin to be treated.


Recovery time will depend in part on the size and depth of the treatment area. In most cases, skin regrowth occurs over five to eight days. During that time, a scab will form over the surface of the treatment area, which will fall off on its own as the new skin forms. Some patients report feeling a mild burning sensation during the recovery process that is similar to sunburn. Others experience itching as the skin heals. Dr. Loeb may prescribe a soothing ointment for use during the healing process.  The end result of your dermabrasion will likely emerge within two to three months of the procedure. Though considered a permanent treatment option, maintenance may be necessary from time to time.

Related Procedures

In addition to dermabrasion, you may consider injectable treatments like Botox and Juvederm that to enhance the results of your skin treatment. Chemical peels, laser resurfacing and fat transfer offer even more options for facial rejuvenation.

If you would like to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Loeb for dermabrasion in New York City, or learn more about other anti aging skin treatment options available to you, we invite you to call the office at 212.327.3700.

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