Abstract Fifteen men who had dermabrasion for severe acne scarring are evaluated. Their psychological status is determined and an attempt made to evaluate the postoperative change. The major psychic disturbance is in the realm of relating with people. Improvement occurred postoperatively, but this was only partial. There was an absence of adverse effects after surgery. Despite the existence of longstanding personality disorders, it appears that dermatologists can anticipate some psychological improvement after a successful dermabrasion. References 1. Comrey, A. L.: Six Personality Factors and Their Measurement , J. Clin. Psychol. , to be published. 2. Edwards, A. E., and Wine, D. B.: Power, Intelligence and the Alienation of Aging , J. Geront. , to be published. 3. Wylie, R. C.: The Self Concept , Lincoln, Neb., University of Nebraska Press, 1961, pp 40-61. 4. MacGregor, F. M.: Facial Deformities and Plastic Surgery , Springfield, Ill., Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1953. 5. Cohen, S.: The Skin-Brain Barrier , Arch. Derm. 83:768-772 ( (May) ) 1961.Crossref 6. Kolb, L.: Disturbances of the Body Image , in the American Handbook of Psychiatry , edited by S. Arieti, New York, Basic Books, Inc., 1959, Chap. 38.
Archives of Dermatology – American Medical Association
Published: Jan 1, 1963