Dermabrasion for Scars
Learn more about treatment options for scars
Dermabrasion, sometimes known as dermaplaning, is a procedure that “refinishes” the top layers of skin through controlled surgical scraping. The new skin typically appears smoother and refreshed. Outcomes can be dramatic and long-lasting.
Why choose dermabrasion for treating scars
Dermabrasion is effective for acne scars, pox marks and scars from accidents or disease. It’s less effective on burn scars. The procedure is a good choice for fair-skinned individuals. It can cause discoloration for those with darker skin.
What you should know about dermabrasion for treating scars
The treatment area is first thoroughly cleansed. Numbing medication or a freezing spray is used to anesthetize the treatment area. The doctor then removes the scar tissue using a special wire brush or a rough-edged diamond wheel.
As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:
- Acne flare-ups
- Loss of skin color
- Tissue damage caused by excessive freezing
The average cost for dermabrasion is about $1,500. Since most medical insurance companies consider dermabrasion a cosmetic procedure, it is generally not covered.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before the procedure, you and your ASDS dermatologist should discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. A week or so before treatment, dermabrasion candidates should:
- Stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid certain skin care products.
- Stay out of the sun.
What to expect after the procedure
Recovery and healing time after dermabrasion depends on the size and depth of the area treated. Patients must:
- Cleanse the treated area several times daily to prevent infection.
- Change ointments and dressings to promote healing.
- Avoid exposure to the sun.
Skin regrowth occurs within five to eight days. New skin is pink or red in appearance, fading to normal skin tones in six to 12 weeks. Pain and swelling is generally minimal after the procedure, though pain killers and steroids are prescribed in some cases. Your ASDS dermatologist may schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress.
Find a doctor for your dermabrasion for scars
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Dermabrasion” from the dropdown menu. Because ASDS doctors 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.