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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 times.

Last Revised: June 25, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology

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