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January 1960

Headaches and Risks of Dermabrasion

Author Affiliations

Honolulu, Hawaii

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(1):26-33. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730010030003

Dermabrasion is a highly technical surgical procedure used in the treatment of pitted acne scars, chicken pox and smallpox scars, scars of facial injury, senile and seborrhoeic keratoses, rhinophyma, and fine senile wrinkling of the face. This procedure has been in vogue since 1953 when Kurtin1 published his original paper, "Corrective Surgical Planing of the Skin." The method has since been tried and accepted by many dermatologists. It has been favored to be a most effective modality in the treatment of cutaneous facial defects.

We hear and read a great deal about the virtue and effectiveness of dermabrasion, but little is said about the undesirable side-effects and risks resulting from this procedure. If the operation is successful, the patient is relieved and delighted with the improvement and is better for it psychologically as well as physically. However, there is not a physician who has performed dermabrasion who has not

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