Dermabrasion is a form of controlled surgical scraping, using autoclaved sandpaper or a burr containing diamond particles. It is used to smooth out the texture of the skin and remove scarring or wrinkles that are present on the skin. It is a manual technique that has been used for many years.

The procedure can be done in the office using a local anesthetic. After the procedure is complete, the individual can expect discoloration and scabbing to occur, which will last for five to seven days. Discoloration and swelling can last for two to three months while the area is healing. Scarring after the skin has healed is rare.

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