Guidelines on preparing for acne treatment with dermabrasion

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Preparing for acne treatment with Dermabrasion Surgery

Preparing for dermabrasion surgery is as important as the actual surgery itself. Before a patient underogoes a surgery he/she needs to be positive about the results of the surgery, as any doubts about the surgery are going to affect the outcome of the surgery. But at the same time it is equally important to be aware of the possible risks associated with the surgery so that one can take adequate precautions to avoid them.

Prior to the dermabrasion surgery, preparing for the surgery is vital and absolutely essential. The guidelines for preparing for the surgery are set by the prospective cosmetic surgeon during the initial consultation when a patient sees him to discuss surgical needs and goals such as get rid of acne scars or removal of facial rhytids. In this consultation, the patient and physician look at the acne treatment area together and determine the extent to which dermabrasion surgery needs to be undertaken for the removal of acne scars.

Medical history of acne treatment

With a patientís overall medical history, and their acne treatment history, the physician may give specific instructions as to how that particular patient will prepare for surgery. Some patients may have been taking certain medications that need to be discontinued for a certain time period before the surgery

Other preparations include the application of prescribed ointments to the area. Retin-A may be prescribed and need to be applied to the area every night before bed.

Medication before the acne treatment surgery

If the patient is prone to herpes simplex ó a.k.a. cold sores ó the doctor may prescribe a course of antiviral pills surrounding the date of the dermabrasion. If a patient has taken Accutane for acne issues in the past eighteen months (or longer, depending on the physicianís advice), the patient may not be able to have the dermabrasion. The patient may have to stop using the drug and wait for a year. Similarly, dermabrasion cannot be performed for a minimum of 6 months, preferably up to 1 year, after taking oral isotretinoin, so its use needs to be stopped well before the surgery. If the dermabrasion will require anesthesia, there are other factors to consider in preparing for the dermabrasion.

Many herbal supplements which interact with the anesthesia and cause problems during the procedure because of their blood thinning properties need to be discontinued. During the consultation the surgeon may determine a cut off period before the surgery and instruct the patient accordingly. Even some over-the-counter vitamins can be hazardous to the patient, including Vitamin E which reduces the bodyís ability to clot blood. So it is essential for the patient to discuss their use of herbal and vitamin supplements at the time of consultation.

Another medication factor to be considered while preparing for the dermabrasion is for patients that are prescribed MAO inhibitors, also known as anti-depressants. The problem that dermabrasion patients can encounter with these drugs is that the effects of the anesthesia may be magnified. The doctor performing the procedure must be made aware of this prescription so that he/she can monitor the patient for decreases in breathing or heart rate during the dermabrasion acne treatment procedure.

Other factors for preparing for acne treatment

There are many other ways that the patient can prepare for the dermabrasion. Eating healthy and getting plenty of rest will help prepare the body for healing after the dermabrasion surgery. This is also good advice to follow after the procedure as well. Patients are warned to avoid unprotected sun exposure for at least 2 months before the surgery.

Similarly the patients are asked to stop smoking for a week or two before and after surgery, since smoking is known to decrease the blood circulation in the skin and impedes healing.

Besides the physical preparation for the surgery, mentally preparing for dermabrasion surgery is also essential. The patient can ask his/herself a few questions: Are the goals of surgery realistic? Is fast removal of the acne scars that the patient seeks with the procedure really possible without any serious complictions? Though some of the doubts can be cleared during the consultation, the outcome still depends upon the how well the procedure is performed and how skilled is your surgeon.

All in all, a patient with knowledge is a patient who has prepared fully for dermabrasion. The patientís responsibility in preparing for the surgery as per the instructions of the cosmetic surgeon, along with his/her assertiveness for the best results, is sure to influence the success of the procedure.

Best of luck with your acne treatment using dermabrasion surgery!

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