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I’m a 35 year-old white male with some significant acne scars on my face.

Question:

I’m a 35 year-old white male with some significant acne scars on my face. I’m considering a skin refinishing treatment. I see you perform Dermabrasion. Can you explain the difference between Dermabrasion and a chemical peel? Are skin reactions common with Dermabrasion? What kind of results could I expect?

Answer:

If you have some isolated areas of acne scarring, dermabrasion is a good method of treatment. As I have said before, deeper acne scars need to be removed before dermabrasion will provide the final optimum result. Dermabrasion is the process of removing outer layers of skin with tactile force, like sanding down a surface. A chemical peel removes those outer layers by placing an agent onto the skin that causes the outer layers of skin to peel off, leaving a fresh new layer to resurface. I personally do not perform a deep phenol peel which could help your condition, but I do perform laser skin resurfacing which I feel works well. With both dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels, there is a risk of skin lightening. The deeper you go, the longer it takes for you to heal, but the results are more dramatic.

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