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September 1989

Dermabrasion and Chemical Peel: A Guide for Facial Plastic Surgeons

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(9):1299. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670210137032

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Dermabrasion and Chemical Peel is a short, easy-to-read "how-to" book on this subject. While the title leaves little doubt as to the intended audience, it should be equally useful to practicing dermatologists and residents who are preparing to include these basic cosmetic techniques in their practice. This book consists of two parts—one on dermabrasion and the other on the phenol-chemical peel. Each topic is addressed in chapters covering patient selection, preoperative and postoperative considerations, the surgical procedure, contraindications, and a guide for the patient about wound care after dermabrasion or chemical peel. The final chapters combine the use of chemexfoliation and facial surgery and provide cosmetic tips to the patient concerning facial skin care.

Among the strong features of this book are the many black-and-white photographs showing the technique and the before-and-after pictures that show both good results and complications. The exposure of some of these pictures appeared very different,

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