Health Tip: Smooth Your Skin

Options after an accident or surgery

(HealthDayNews) -- If your skin isn't as smooth as it used to be, or you have scarring from an accident or surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons describes a pair of options to help you look better.

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning help to "refinish" the skin's top layers through controlled surgical scraping. The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance.

Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or surgery, or to smooth out fine facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth. It's also used to remove pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. Dermaplaning often is used to treat deep acne scars.

Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be performed on small areas of skin, or on the entire face. They can be used alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift, scar removal, or chemical peel.

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