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How good is dermabrasion for acne scars?

How good is dermabrasion for acne scars?

Often very good: Mechanical dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion) can provide a "plane" removal of the acne scar edges, smoothing and flattening of the scar depressions. Better on scars that are crater-like (pox scar example) than deep "pit" type scars (called ice pick types). May require more than a single treatment, as there are limits to depth. New skin from oil & sweat glands and hair follicle to resurface. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Is a dermabrasion a good way to soften / smoothen acne scars and skin tone?

Is a dermabrasion a good way to soften / smoothen acne scars and skin tone?

Acne scars: Dermabrasion is still the gold standard in treating acne scars. Other resurfacing techniques such as co2 laser are also excellent. Percutaneous collagen induction with a surgical roller is also a good option without the down time of the above procedures. If repeated once or twice after six months it gives very good results. ...Read more

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Can sculptra treat deep acne scars? I have some pretty deep scars from acne. Dermabrasion hasn't done much for them. I'd like to try fillers, but i don't want to keep having injections every few months. Since sulptra is long-lasting, it seems like a good

Can sculptra treat deep acne scars? I have some pretty deep scars from acne. Dermabrasion hasn't done much for them. I'd like to try fillers, but i don't want to keep having injections every few months. Since sulptra is long-lasting, it seems like a good

Fillers for scars: Fillers for scars are difficult - it can be done, but i don't think sculptra is a good choice. As some other doctors note, laser is the better option. Subcision can be used to loosen the scar floor and allow better laser results. ...Read more

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Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Yes but not the best: Dear abrasion can certainly work but there are more precise means. My favorite is a combination of a fractionated(not co2) erbium laser for full thickness treatment combined with a full coverage superficial erbium treatment. ...Read more

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What kind of dermabrasion has best results for acne scars?

What kind of dermabrasion has best results for acne scars?

Depends: It really depends on he size and distribution of the scars. Dermabrasion and chemical peels (possibly retinoid topical) can help with finer scars but for bigger scars may have to consider laser or deeper peels such as co2 peels - please see a cosmetics dermatologist/plastics surgeon. ...Read more

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Is there another way to remove acne scars without dermabrasion?

Is there another way to remove acne scars without dermabrasion?

Yes: Depends on the age of the patient, the pattern of scars and the skin type. Some scars can be injected with filling agents. Bound down scars must first be 'released' (subcision) before fillers or tissue grafts can be effective. Isolated scars can be excised. If there are many scars and the skin is lax, facelift can be helpful. Fractionated lasers and dermabrasion encourage new collagen production. ...Read more

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For acne scars im planning to go for dermabrasion, where can I go in kerala , how much cost for american?

Dermabrasion: Thisnmay take more than one session and inhale found that fat grafting may improve your results. ...Read more

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Is dermabrasion something you have to do more than once? I'd like to smooth out my skin, which has a lot of acne scars, and i'm wondering if dermabrasion is something i'll need to have done multiple time, or just once? Will the scars return if i only have

Is dermabrasion something you have to do more than once? I'd like to smooth out my skin, which has a lot of acne scars, and i'm wondering if dermabrasion is something i'll need to have done multiple time, or just once? Will the scars return if i only have

Neither : Neither dermabrasion, nor fraxel laser re-surfacing will remove acne scars completely, with one session. They can make the scars less noticable, when done properly. Further improvement can be obtained, with a repeat session, if these are crater shaped scars. Pitted and keloid scars do not respond well to these methods. A combination therapeutic approach is usually best, if there is a mix of scar types. Punched out and pitted scars can be removed surgically, or with cross method, while bound down scars are treated with subcision. Shallow, crater scars can benefit from dermabrasion or laser re-surfacing. These options, and risks of each, are best discussed with your dermatologist, after he/she does a thorough history and physical exam. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acne scars without dermabrasion?

How can I get rid of acne scars without dermabrasion?

Difficult: Depends on the nature and depth of the scarring. If minor, then use of resurfacing lasers and medium to deep chemical peels will help. If scars are "ice-pick" in nature, even deep mechanical dermabrasion is not totally effective. Most treat with deeper mechanical abrasion to provide a "planing" effect versus the surface change of microdermabrasion. See medical care. ...Read more

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Dr. Ingrid Warmuth
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Dermabrasion (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Acne Scar (Definition)

Acne scars are much deeper than the 2 dimensional blemish on the surface. The collagen fibers may extend through the subcutaneous fat to pull the surface down toward the underlying fascial layers. This creates the three dimensional "pit" common ...Read more