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March 1964

Superficial Chemosurgery: Its Current Status and Its Relationship to Dermabrasion

Author Affiliations


Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles; Director, Surgical Planing (Dermabrasion) Clinic, Dermatology Service, Los Angeles County General Hospital; Director, Special Course on Cutaneous Surgery, American Academy of Dermatology.

Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(3):395-403. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590270081019

Superficial chemosurgery is not a panacea for facial wrinkling, but it does have its rightful place as a legitimate modality, provided that its hazards and limitations are properly understood. Primarily, in my opinion, it is a means of enhancing and supplementing the results obtainable with dermabrasion in treating aging, wrinkled, and sun-damaged skin.

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