(Surgical Skin Planing; Skin Resurfacing)


Dermabrasion is used to remove damaged skin. This allows healthy, smoother skin to grow in its place.
Multiple Facial Injuries Treated with Surgical Dermabrasion
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Reasons for Procedure

Dermabrasion is done to help repair damaged skin. The procedure may help to renew skin by encouraging new skin growth. Dermabrasion may be used to treat the following skin conditions:
  • Benign tumors
  • Chickenpox scars
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Scars resulting from accidents or disease
  • Tattoos
  • Age (liver) spots
  • Wrinkles

Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
  • Temporary side effects such as:
    • Scarring
    • Redness
    • Swelling
    • Flare-ups of acne or tiny cysts
    • Increased or decreased color in the skin
    • Increased sensitivity to sunlight
    • Flare-ups of cold sores if done on the face
  • Less common complications such as:
    • Permanent scarring
    • Lasting redness
    • Prolonged loss of color in the skin.
    • Infection
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as: Dermabrasion is not recommended if you have:
  • Active herpes, bacterial infection, or sores
  • Current or recent use (less than one year) of isotretinoin
  • Skin, blood flow, or immune disorders that could make healing more difficult

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