Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Department of Plastic Surgery

(909) 558-4176

Procedure: Mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. Softens sharp edges of surface irregularities, including acne and other scars and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.

Length: A few minutes to one hour. May require more than one session..

Anesthesia: Local, numbing spray, or general.

In/outpatient: Usually outpatient.

Side effects: Temporary tingling, burning, itching, swelling, redness; lightening of treated skin; acute sensitivity to sun; loss of ability to make pigment (tan).

Risks: Abnormal color changes (permanent). Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.

Recovery: Back to work: two weeks. More strenuous activities: four to six weeks. Fading of redness: about three months. Return of pigmentation/sun exposure: 6 to 12 months.

Duration of results: Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages.                           


Preoperative appearance Intraoperative Close up view of dermabrasion
Intraoperative dermabrasion Postoperative appearance  

Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.