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January 1955


Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California Medical Center.

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(1):113-114. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540250115021

As more frequent use is made of the dermal abrasion method for removal of acne scars and other similar skin defects, new developments in technique are being accomplished. One important phase of the planing process is the use of suitable dressings postoperatively. In the past, various topical medications have been applied and sterile gauze dressings utilized for varying periods of time. As wider experience has been gained, it has been found that topical medication is unnecessary, inasmuch as the inherent local resistance of facial skin to infection is adequate in preventing this complication. Many operators merely employ a dry gauze dressing over the operative site. After postoperative periods ranging from eight hours to two weeks, the gauze dressings are then soaked off. In many instances, the gauze dressing becomes so impregnated with blood, serum, and crust formation that removal of the gauze dressings, even after extended periods of soaking, results

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