Dermabrasion for Acne Scars

Dermabrasion is the surgical sanding or planing of the outer layer of skin on acne scars.


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


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

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.

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.