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This is in contradistinction to the observation that nodulocystic or severe inflammatory acne patients who have recently completed treatment with isotretinoin are among those most likely to benefit from treatment of their acne scars with modalities such as laser, dermabrasion, or chemical peels," the experts wrote in the consensus recommendations.
In its less radical form, where only the top layer is removed, dermabrasion is used in cosmetic and beauty clinics.
While focal dermabrasion and excisional techniques require more training, they also are very effective for certain prominent scars," he said.
Dermabrasion, or surgical skin planing, is a surgical procedure in which the dermatologic surgeon removes or sands the skin with a rotary, abrasive instrument.
Chemical peels and dermabrasion can be difficult to deliver consistenty, explains Koch, who has experience using each of these techniques.
Dermabrasion is most often used to "refinish" facial skin left scarred by acne, accidents, or previous surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth.
The literature was divided into five areas: dermabrasion, chemical peels, cutaneous surgery, laser hair removal, and ablative/nonablative laser treatments.
The spot showed a woman looking at herself in a bathroom mirror, with a voice-over that stated: "Now experience multi-level dermabrasion at home.
We're seeing a lot of interest among baby boomers in skin care products that promise antiaging benefits, and dermabrasion is in that category," says Mary Anson, cosmetics and health and beauty aids buyer for Lewis Drugs.
Dermabrasion is a hugely popular treatment in the high-end specialty skin care industry, with more than three-quarters of a million women in the United States shelling out upwards of $1,000 apiece for the process last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
But the improvements leveled off when patients switched from weekly to monthly dermabrasion sessions, suggesting that weekly treatment with dermabrasion may be necessary to maintain an optimal effect, Dr.
Prices range from $7 for an upper lip wax to $175 for dermabrasion.