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Are there any types of face scars that dermabrasion is bad for?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Active or atrophic

Active acne lesions with infection or atrophic scars with minimal or absent epithelium are not good scars for dermabrasion.

In brief: Active or atrophic

Active acne lesions with infection or atrophic scars with minimal or absent epithelium are not good scars for dermabrasion.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Mike Bowman
generally you need to wait at least 6 weeks before considering dermabrasion.
Dr. Otto Placik
Excellent point. Some beleive that dermabrasion performed 6-8 weeks following and incisional scar may produce cosmetic improvement in the quality of the scar
Dr. Susan Kolb
Holistic Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Infected scars

Dermabrasion should not be done on infecteds scars (espeically cystic acne that is still infected) or on patients of color.

In brief: Infected scars

Dermabrasion should not be done on infecteds scars (espeically cystic acne that is still infected) or on patients of color.
Dr. Susan Kolb
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

Hypertrophic or keloid scars may not be improved by dermabrasion.
They may, in fact, be worsened.

In brief: Yes

Hypertrophic or keloid scars may not be improved by dermabrasion.
They may, in fact, be worsened.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Usually not

The most difficult scarring for any treatment is the deep "ice-pick" types scars.
Dermabrasion is effective on improving most other irregular or uneven scars. It should not be used for immature, hyperactive or excessive scars (like keloids).

In brief: Usually not

The most difficult scarring for any treatment is the deep "ice-pick" types scars.
Dermabrasion is effective on improving most other irregular or uneven scars. It should not be used for immature, hyperactive or excessive scars (like keloids).
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