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what is the definition or description of: dermabrasion?

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Dr. Matthew Goldschmidt
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure designed to gently remove the outer layers of skin. It is commonly performed to improve the appearance of the skin, camouflage scars, and remove irregularities of the skin. A brush or diamond fraise is commonly used for this procedure to refinish the skin.
Answered on Apr 26, 2013
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Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
55 years experience Plastic Surgery
It is a "sanding down" of the skins's surface to try to smooth it.
Dec 7, 2012
Dr. Janet Turkle
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Remove top layer: Dermabrasion is removal of the top layer of the skin (epidermis) and a superficial portion of the deeper dermis. When done in a controlled fashion, it is an effective method of reducing scars. Other means to perform similar effects can often be accomplished by various resurfacing lasers.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Lawrence Colen
45 years experience Plastic Surgery
Skin "resurfacing": Dermabrasion is one of a family of techniques used to "resurface" the skin. It is generally used on the face. Acne scars and post-surgical/post-traumatic scars are often revised with the use of dermabrasion. As it sounds, the process removes the superficial layers of the skin. The "wound" created then heals over the next several days.
Answered on Dec 7, 2012
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
Dermabrasion: Controlled deep abrasion (wearing away) of the upper to mid layers of the skin with any variety of strong abrasive devices including a wire brush, diamond wheel or fraise, sterilized sandpaper, salt crystals, or other mechanical means to reduce wrinkling and improve appearance.
Answered on Dec 28, 2012
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Dr. Greg Sexton
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Yes: Although bad things can happen, if performed by a physician with experience, complications are few.
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Dr. Otto Placik
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Superfcl scar/lesion: It is best used for superficial scars or lesions limited to the upper dermis or epidermis.
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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No: At lot of patients describe it feeling similar to a cat's raspy tongue licking you! so, it's not a big deal.
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It should not: Dermabrasion should not be painful. If it's done too harshly, it could produce some discomfort but usually mild painkillers would take care of it. M ... Read More
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