"Dermatologic surgery" might be any excisional or destructive measure that is employed in the management of a cutaneous derangement. Although this definition includes scalpel surgery, it does not embrace nondermatologic plastic surgical procedures such as face lifting or major skin grafting. In addition to cold steel excision, other methods included within this definition are electrosurgery and certain special procedures such as dermabrasion, cryosurgery, and chemosurgery.
Obviously some of the manifestations of the senile skin are amenable to surgical approaches, others are not. Gray hair, alopecia, and thinning of the skin cannot be aided by the blade, the sparking needle, the whirling brush, or the chemosurgical or cryosurgical procedures. Wrinkles, pigmentation, kera
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