Dermabrasion is a procedure to smooth the outermost layer of
skin in order to promote new skin growth and improve appearance. Dermabrasion
is done by a dermatologic or plastic surgeon using a dermatone, a handheld
instrument with a swirling wire brush that scrapes away skin irregularities
such as acne scars.
A local anesthetic and sedative are usually
given before the procedure. Sometimes general anesthesia is used. A
numbing spray may be used along with, or in place of, a local anesthetic.
Dermabrasion is often done in stages, treating parts of the face at different
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
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