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What is dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion helps to “refinish” the skin’s top layers through a method of controlled skin removal. The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance.

Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles. The vertical “smoker’s” lines around the mouth are a very common area to receive this treatment.

It’s also sometimes used to remove the pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. Some types of acne scarring respond well to dermabrasion.

Dermabrasion can be used alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift, scar removal or revision, or chemical peel. Dermabrasion may be performed in our in-office surgical suite.

What is the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a far different procedure than microdermabrasion, which is a spa exfoliating treatment. Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that requires a significant recovery period but, once you have healed, it delivers a dramatically-improved skin texture.

What are the benefits of dermabrasion?

  • Improves the texture of dull skin
  • Treats clogged, enlarged pores
  • Smooths away complexion flaws
  • Lessons the appearance of facial scarring
  • Effective for all skin types
  • Boosts satisfaction with one’s appearance
  • A more youthful, inviting complexion
  • Increased absorption of serums and skincare products
  • Minimal downtime
  • See results right away
  • No chemicals
  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines

Who makes a good candidate for dermabrasion in Worcester?

Not everyone is a candidate for dermabrasion. If, after an injury, your skin tends to develop raised (keloid) scars or form pale or dark spots (hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation, respectively), dermabrasion is contraindicated. Persons with very thin skin or a history of certain viral diseases (such as oral herpes) are also dissuaded from the procedure

What will my recovery be like?

After dermabrasion, patients may experience redness, tenderness, swelling or difficulty talking and eating. These are normal responses to the procedure, and will go away within about a week. Dr. Poulos will make sure you receive the proper pain medications as well as a thorough aftercare plan. Be sure to avoid direct contact with the sun as your skin heals.

Why choose Dr. Poulos in Worcester?

Dr. Poulos strives to create personalized, stunning results that enhance your assets while minimizing your cosmetic flaws. Her artistic eye for perfection, coupled with her intrepid skill and expertise make her among the most sought after surgeons in Northborough and beyond. Named “Best Plastic Surgeon” by Worcester Magazine, Dr. Poulos is a community favorite.

After completing her medical training at the State University of New York School of Medicine, Dr. Poulos pursued a demanding 5-year general surgery internship and residency at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut. She then further honed her skills with a plastic surgery residency at UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Dr. Poulos is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of General Surgery.

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I had the best experience with Dr Poulos.  The office staff is so helpful, caring, and informative.  I always felt very comfortable for my appointments.  Dr Poulos is a fabulous surgeon, she did an amazing job and my recovery was quick.  I would highly recommend her and would definitely use her again.

Leah A.

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We are open and seeing Patients!

We'd like to inform you of the proactive steps we are taking to prioritize the health and safety for you and our staff. Our office is taking the necessary safety precautions in guidance with CDC regulations to ensure your visit goes smoothly. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!

Prior to the start of every workday, all employees will complete a check-in procedure including safety precautions such as: taking their temperature to ensure they are ready and able to work. Employees will be required to actively practice social distancing, wear face masks and gloves with any patient contact, and all employees will continue frequent hand washing.

We are committed to the health and well-being of our patients and staff. We will continue with cleaning and sanitizing protocols that meet CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes the use of EPA approved products in the treatment of all clinical areas and surfaces between every patient.


  • When you arrive for your appointment please call (508) 393-4544 and let us know you are here. (please give us your name and phone number).
  • Wait in your car, and we will call you as soon as we are ready to see you. All doors will be locked to avoid any worries about anyone else entering during your visit.
  • You will need to be wearing a face mask to enter the facility. Only one person at a time is being seen. (If someone came with you, they will need to wait for you outside the office).
  • We will be taking your temperature at the entrance, ask you a series of questions, and if all checks out, we will have you enter the office . We will have you use hand sanitizer, and then bring you right into the exam/ treatment room.
  • The surfaces in all exam rooms are cleaned and disinfected in between each patient to meet strict standards.
  • Dr. Poulos and staff will be using PPE during your entire visit.

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