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Therapeutic Dermabrasion-Reply

Therapeutic Dermabrasion-Reply Abstract My recent editorial regarding dermabrasion was intended to provide an overview of the procedure and briefly discuss its current applications. Although one might presume that dermabrasion of tattoos would routinely lead to scarring, Clabaugh1,2 showed in his study of dermabrasion of 250 tattoos that good-to-excellent results were found in 85% of cases. Only four cases of scarring were observed. These results have been corroborated by the clinical experience of clinicians who have performed hundreds of these procedures (J. Yarborough, MD, and W. Clabaugh, MD, oral communication, November 1994). With the technique of superficial dermabrasion, no attempt is made to mechanically remove all pigment from the dermis. After performing shallow planing, most of the pigment exits the skin through transepidermal elimination and as well by engulfment by phagocytes. Dermabrasion does allow excellent direct visualization of anatomic depth. Pinpoint capillary bleeding, the landmark of the papillary dermis, is not visible after References 1. Clabaugh WA. Tattoo removal by superficial dermabrasion: 5-year experience . Plast Reconstr Surg. 1975;55:401-405.Crossref 2. Clabaugh W. Removal of tattoos by superficial dermabrasion . Arch Dermatol. 1968;98:515-521.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Therapeutic Dermabrasion-Reply

Archives of Dermatology , Volume 131 (7) – Jul 1, 1995

Therapeutic Dermabrasion-Reply

Abstract

Abstract My recent editorial regarding dermabrasion was intended to provide an overview of the procedure and briefly discuss its current applications. Although one might presume that dermabrasion of tattoos would routinely lead to scarring, Clabaugh1,2 showed in his study of dermabrasion of 250 tattoos that good-to-excellent results were found in 85% of cases. Only four cases of scarring were observed. These results have been corroborated by the clinical experience of clinicians who have...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1995 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-987X
eISSN
1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archderm.1995.01690190106025
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Abstract

Abstract My recent editorial regarding dermabrasion was intended to provide an overview of the procedure and briefly discuss its current applications. Although one might presume that dermabrasion of tattoos would routinely lead to scarring, Clabaugh1,2 showed in his study of dermabrasion of 250 tattoos that good-to-excellent results were found in 85% of cases. Only four cases of scarring were observed. These results have been corroborated by the clinical experience of clinicians who have performed hundreds of these procedures (J. Yarborough, MD, and W. Clabaugh, MD, oral communication, November 1994). With the technique of superficial dermabrasion, no attempt is made to mechanically remove all pigment from the dermis. After performing shallow planing, most of the pigment exits the skin through transepidermal elimination and as well by engulfment by phagocytes. Dermabrasion does allow excellent direct visualization of anatomic depth. Pinpoint capillary bleeding, the landmark of the papillary dermis, is not visible after References 1. Clabaugh WA. Tattoo removal by superficial dermabrasion: 5-year experience . Plast Reconstr Surg. 1975;55:401-405.Crossref 2. Clabaugh W. Removal of tattoos by superficial dermabrasion . Arch Dermatol. 1968;98:515-521.Crossref

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Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1995

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