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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

    The good news: With early detection, melanoma has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Schedule a free skin cancer screening today.

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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Dermabrasion for Acne Scars

 

Treatment Options

 
 

Dermabrasion is the surgical sanding or planing of the outer layer of skin on acne scars. 

Benefits

The treated area typically appears smoother and refreshed. Outcomes can be dramatic and long-lasting.

Risks

  • Scarring
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Loss of skin color
  • Tissue damage
  • Infection

Estimated cost

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. 

 

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