Dermabrasion for Thin, Scarred Skin After Taking Accutane?

I've been taking accutane for 9 days(2 months ago)I don't know what happend, but my skin become thin, and very fragile.Now I have some texture changes like very shallow rolling scars(about 0.2-0.5 mm depth)can this scars be leveled with skin and what is the best method for this type of scarring?I must say that scars are soft and nontethering.also,when can i do any type of treatment, since my skin is very poor healing and i have redmarks for months and prior Accutane never had this problem! help!

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Dermabrasion for Thin, Scarred Skin After Taking Accutane

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NO! Very dangerous to think about dermabrasion if soon after taking Acutane. Read the contraindications and precautions concerning Acutane. 

Accutane and Dermabrasion

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Accutane leads to an atrophy of sebaceous glands within the skin, leading to a delay of or problems with healing when injury has occurred.  Any form of resurfacing is contraindicated for 1 year after a course of Accutane. After 1 year, your options for acne scarring would include Dermabrasion and fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dermabarasion after Accutane

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Technically, once you have started Accutane, you should avoid resurfacing procedures for a minimum of 6 months after the procedure while others have advised 12 months to minimize the risk of hypertrophic scarring.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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