Dermabrasion for Acne Scars

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.

Possible risks

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

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.

How to prepare for the procedure

  • 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.