(der-ma-bra’zhun)-abrasion of the skin surface performed using an apparatus with a wire brush, sandpaper like material or other rough surface. The outermost layers of the skin are abraded or rubbed away. After the area heals the skin is smoother & may be lighter in color. It is commonly used on facial acne scars & aging wrinkles of the lips. Since the early 1990s laser has taken the place of dermabrasion in most cases as the preferred method of denuding the skin surface. Laser allows better control of the depth of skin injury & is associated with less pain after surgery than dermabrasion.