Submitted on March 27, 2012
Acne is a condition that has terrified almost every individual during their teenage years. Even though it is not really a very serious or life threatening condition, the fear lies in the fact that the condition can severely affect a person’s aesthetic features. Almost all of us will have some scars left over during those years when our hormones were in a state of constant change. Laser dermabrasion, also known as dermaplanning and skin planning, is a procedure that is widely used to repair any significant damage caused by skin affecting conditions such as acne. Other conditions that cause damage and may require dermabrasion to correct include chicken pox and small pox. In most cases, the use of dermabrasion is applied to a person’s facial features and is also used to smoothen out some fine wrinkles on the skin in aging individuals. The procedure is known to improve the skin tone and it is not uncommon for the newer skin to be a lot smoother in appearance than the original texture of the skin. The procedure will always be carried out by a dermatologic surgeon.

Reasons for Dermabrasion

Laser dermabrasion is used primarily to treat skin deformities acquired through infections such as chicken pox and acne, but is becoming increasingly popular in skin recreation for people that have experienced substantial damage to their facial features as a result of accidents. With the increase popularity of tattoos and the even greater desire to have them removed once done, dermabrasion is possibly the best way to cover up some regrettable choices. However, it is important to note that dermabrasion therapy is not the ultimate procedure to get rid of blemishes on the skin. For example, it is ineffective in dealing with congenital skin defects or moles and pigmented birthmarks.


Dermabrasion therapy does not require any hospital admission and can be carried out in a surgeon’s office or even at an outpatient surgical facility. Some patients may require medication and the areas that need to be treated will be cleansed with an antiseptic cleansing agent. A spray that freezes the skin will then be applied and a high speed rotary instrument will then be used to remove the outer layers of the targeted portion of skin.

The results of dermabrasion before and after are very prominent. Immediately after the procedure, the skin will appear ‘brush burned’ for a few days, but the medications prescribed thereafter will help reduce any discomfort you have as well as helping smoothen the skin within a period of about 7 to 10 days.