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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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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. 


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


  • 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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