What is dermabrasion (surgical skin planing)?

Dermabrasion, or surgical skin planing, is a procedure in which a specialized instrument is used to "sand" the skin. This abrasive or planing action improves skin contour as a new layer of skin replaces the treated skin. The new skin generally has a smoother appearance.

The procedure is most often performed by a dermatologic surgeon or plastic surgeon.

When is dermabrasion used?

When dermabrasion was first developed, it was used predominantly to improve acne scars, pox marks, and scars resulting from accidents or disease. Today, it is used to treat other skin conditions, such as tattoo scars, scars related to surgery, age (liver) spots, wrinkles, and benign skin lesions.

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