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Dermabrasion or skin planing is an improved technique based on the centuries old principle that abrasion is a means of smoothing the scarred skin. It was first reported in medical circles several years ago. Since then experience has accumulated in the use of skin planing, particularly in the treatment of the pits and scars of acne. In spite of enthusiastic and premature publicity, which has distorted the true picture, no conclusive statements on the real significance of dermabrasion can yet be made. However, enough patients with acne scars have been treated and observed for a sufficiently long period to warrant a status report to the Committee on Cosmetics (see this issue, page 1299).
Enthusiasm for this method should not be discouraged, but its limitations must be clearly understood by the physician and the patient. Dermabrasion can improve skin appearance in many patients; it cannot help others. Often those who need
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