What is the role of surgery in the treatment of acne vulgaris?

Updated: Dec 03, 2019
  • Author: Sajeev Handa, MBBCh, BAO, LRCSI, LRCPI; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Surgical care involves manual removal of comedones and drainage of pustules and cysts. When performed correctly, acne surgery speeds resolution and rapidly enhances cosmetic appearance. Scar revision via dermabrasion, excision, subcision, or laser therapy may be performed. Inflamed papules and cysts may be injected with intralesional steroids. Risks include hypopigmentation and skin atrophy.


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