Dermabrasion is the process of scraping the top layer of the skin with a controlled surgical method. The purpose of this is to scrape the indented and protruding areas on the skin surface to give the skin a smoother appearance.

  • Dermabrasion is often used to remove scars caused by acne, with scars left on the face due to accidents or previous operations. Sometimes it is also used for removal of pre-cancerous formations called keratosis.
  • Dermabrasion can be used on a small area on the face, or it can also be applied as an intervention involving the entire face. As it can be used alone, it is also used in combination with facelifts, scar revisions and chemical peels.

If you are considering becoming a dermabrasion, you will get basic information about this initiative with what is written here, you will learn how it is applied and what results can be achieved. Of course, it is not possible for what is written on this page to answer all your questions. For this reason, contacting your plastic surgeon for the questions that remain in your mind will be the right initiative to make.

1- What are the alternative interventions to dermabrasion?

If you are thinking of repairing the skin surface, chemical peeling should be kept in mind as an alternative to dermabrasion. Although surgical instruments are used to peel off the upper layer of the skin in dermabrasion, abrasive drugs are applied to the upper layer of the skin in chemical peeling.

Although many plastic surgeons successfully apply many techniques for skin surface repair, it is usually necessary to use one technique or many combined techniques for each patient and his problem. Because chemical peeling is useful for removing light wrinkles on the face, while dermabrasion can affect deeper scars such as acne scars. Dermabrasion is a more preferred method for brunette individuals because this method causes less color change compared to chemical peeling.

If you want to know more about chemical peeling, see the chemical peeling page.

2- Who are the most suitable candidates for dermabrasion.

Dermabrasion will change our appearance and lead to an increase in your self-confidence, but it will never completely eliminate scars and will not prevent the aging of the face. Before having this operation, you should definitely evaluate your expectations and discuss them with your plastic surgeon.

Men and women of all ages can benefit from dermabrasion. Although recovery is late in elderly people, the benefit to be obtained is closely related to your skin structure, skin color and health status. For example, dark brown people may have permanent and lighter changes in the areas where dermabrasion has been applied. In addition, in individuals with allergic dermatitis or who develop heat-related rash, they can create excessive rashes and they can be permanent. If you have freckles in the treated areas, they will also disappear.

In addition, many plastic surgeons will avoid applying dermabrasion if you have acne during the active period, because this poses a great risk for infection. This is exactly the same if you are undergoing rayotherapy, if you have a bad burn and if chemical peeling has been applied before.

3- All surgical procedures carry some uncertainties and risks.

Dermabrasion is usually a safe operation in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with anesthesia in dermabrasion. There are also some risks specific to this operation. The most common one among these is the change in skin pigmentation. The permanent darkening of the treated area is usually due to exposure of this area to excessive sunlight in the months following the operation. In some patients, white plaques are formed permanently on the treated areas.

Small white spots that may develop after the operation will usually disappear after washing the face with soap or will be cleaned by your surgeon. The growths seen in the skin pores after the operation will disappear after the swelling decreases.

The development of infection and the formation of worse scars after dermabrasion are rare, but there is a risk of occurrence. Some individuals may experience swollen wound heals (hypertrophic scarring and keloid). Even if such a negative complication will develop, your plastic surgeon will treat them with cortisone injection or pomade application.

Turkey Medicals Co-ordinator, “You can minimize incidence of all these complications by carefully following the recommendations that your surgeon will make to you.”



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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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