Am I a candidate for Dermabrasion? Laser Resurfacing? (Photo)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
3 years ago
Hi! Oily, acne prone skin. I've been on Accutane many times and currently use Tazorac nightly. Is there any reason to choose Dermabrasion over Laser Resurfacing? I haven't been on Accutane for a while and I eat well, don't drink, smoke, etc. I've been told laser resurfacing is a no go because of heat and dermabrasion is recommended. Any insight would be great!
Doctor Answers 1
If you have been off Accutane for greater than 6 months you are likely OK to have a laser procedure or dermabrasion to your face. It is hard for me to see from your pictures, but I am guessing you want a procedure to correct and even out acne scarring. If this is the case, it is likely that you were advised to get dermabrasion over a laser treatment because the heat from the laser my cause excessive inflammation that may lead to skin hyperpigmenatation and discoloration permanently. Darker skin types or skin that has a greater capacity to tan darker is more at risk of this happening. Be aware that this can happen even from having dermabrasion done. I would recommend asking the office to do a test spot on your skin and definitely stay out of the sun during the healing process, and take all precautions to promote optimal healing.
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