What are the limitations of dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion cannot be expected to eliminate or improve all scars. Some deeper scars require the use of other procedures to obtain the best results. These include surgical removal of the scars followed by small skin grafts or suturing. Dermabrasion may be used 6 to 8 weeks later to smooth over these fresh scars. Some patients may benefit from repeat touch-up dermabrasion of areas that have not been sufficiently improved after the initial procedure. Other patients may benefit from the use of filling substances such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, or fat that can be used in conjunction with dermabrasion to elevate depressed scars. The dermatologist can give advice about the necessity for additional treatments after assessing each individual’s specific condition. 35-year-old female with ice pick acne scarring Six months after a series of punch grafts with the donor skin taken from behind the ear. The grafts are then blended in by dermabrasion of the cheek. The dermatologist can give advice