Dermabrasion for Acne Scars
Learn more about treatment options for acne scars
Dermabrasion is the surgical sanding or planing of the outer layer of skin on acne scars.
The treated area typically appears smoother and refreshed. Outcomes can be dramatic and long-lasting.
- Loss of skin color
- Tissue damage
Dermabrasion acne treatment can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the extent of treatment. Since most medical insurance companies consider dermabrasion a cosmetic procedure, it is generally not covered.
Preparing for the procedure
A week or so before treatment, demabrasion candidates should:
- Stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin. Check with the doctor for a full list.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid certain skin care products.
- Avoid sun exposure.
What to expect after the procedure
- The treated area must be cleansed several times a day, and ointments and dressings changed.
- Patients must continue to avoid sun exposure.
- New growth is expected within five to eight days, with skin fading to normal tones within six to eight weeks.
- Pain and swelling from treatment is usually minimal.
Finding a doctor
Visit "Find a dermatologic surgeon
" and choose "Dermabrasion" from the dropdown menu. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient's condition.