Dermabrasion is an accepted method for improving the appearance of facial scars. It allows the epidermis to regenerate as a smooth surface after the defective dermis and epidermis have been removed. Several methods and instruments are currently being employed for dermabrasion. Sandpaper wrapped around a motor-driven cylinder is effective in broad, flat areas but is difficult to use around the eyes and nose. A wire-mesh brush of multiple short, curved, stainless steel wires driven by a motor is useful; but the skin is easily abraded too deeply, it is hazardous to use the device near the eyes, and gauze sponges are easily enmeshed in the rapidly whirling brush. Consequently, we have modified the use of this wire-mesh brush. It is as effective and more safely used by hand, without the motor.
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