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Dermabrasion refers to the sanding of skin -- a procedure used frequently to remove or reduce irregularities in he skin surface. In a dermabrasion, the plastic surgeon makes use of a small rotating brush which removes the superficial layers of the skin. In essence, the dermabrasion created a controlled abrasion enabling a new skin bed to form through dermal regeneration.

This procedure is often recommended for acne or chicken pox scars although it is not as effective in the treatment of very deep acne scars. Either general or local anesthesia may be used during the procedure which can often be done on an outpatient basis, depending on the extent of the dermabrasion.

Dermabraded skin is pink in color for several months following surgery. patients undergoing dermabrasion are asked to avoid sun exposure for six months postoperatively. It is further recommended that sun be taken in moderation at any time after dermabrasion, since the skin becomes more light-sensitive as a result of the procedure.

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