What is dermabrasion for treating acne?

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Audrey Kunin, MD
Dermatology
In dermabrasion, the skin is anesthetized and frozen and an extremely sharp rapidly rotating blade sheers away damaged tissue. This procedure, the equivalent of deep sanding, has fallen out of favor with the availability of newer, easier techniques.
Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
In the process of dermabrasion, the upper and middle layers of the skin are removed in order to improve acne scarring. Important considerations need to be addressed before undergoing this type of procedure. Dermabrasion is ideal for people with types I–IV skin who have superficial scars. Healing time is involved, and local anesthetic is a must because the procedure is otherwise very painful.
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