Facial plast Surg 1996; 12(2): 125-133
DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1082404
© 1996 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.

Rejuvenation of the Skin Surface: Chemical Peel and Dermabrasion

Gregory H. Branham, J. Regan Thomas
  • Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri
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29 July 2008 (online)


Chemical peel and dermabrasion are traditional, well-proven methods for the rejuvenation of the skin. The medium-depth trichloroacetic acid peel and the deep phenol peel offer distinct advantages and disadvantages and are discussed in detail in this article. The management of complications associated with both peel techniques is also discussed.

Regional dermabrasion is an effective adjunct to facial rejuvenative surgery, such as face lift and blepharoplasty. Full-face dermabrasion and spot or local dermabrasion are most often used in the treatment of facial scarring. The technique of dermabrasion is discussed as well as its indications and postoperative care. Results are shown for both dermabrasion and peel.