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Dehiscence - Separation of a wound or scar. Patients are more likely to have this if the incision is in the abdomen. In addition, factors like obesity, dehydration, malnourishment, smoking and coughing can provoke it as well.

Dermabrasion - a procedure that removes fine wrinkles and/or minimizes scars on the skin; involves the surgeon utilizing a high-speed rotating brush to remove the top layer of skin. The size and depth of the scars, as well as the degree of wrinkling, determine the appropriate level of skin that will be surgically removed.

Dermaplaning - a plastic surgery technique used to treat deep acne scars with a hand-held instrument called a dermatome.

Dermatome - an instrument that resembles an electric razor and has an oscillating blade that moves back and forth to evenly "skim" off the surface layers of skin surrounding the craters or other facial defects.

Debriding - The process of removing dead or devitalized tissue prior to reconstructive or cosmetic surgery.

Depilation - The removal of hair.

Dermalogen - A product derived from human donor tissue that is used in lip augmentation to produce a look of fuller lips.

Dermatitis - An inflammation of the skin caused by an allergic reaction or contact with an irritant. Typical symptoms of dermatitis include flushness and itching.

Dermatologist - A physician who specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of skin and skin-related problems.

Dermis - The middle layer of the skin; the dermis is a complex combination of blood vessels, hair follicles and sebaceous (oil) glands. Here, you'll find collagen and elastin. The dermis is also where wrinkles occur.

Deviated septum - A condition in which the septum (the wall inside the nose that divides it into two sides) is not located in the middle of the nose where it should be. This condition is commonly treatable with surgery.

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