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Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion

What Happens After Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion?

After a dermabrasion procedure, your skin will feel as though it has been severely "brush-burned" for a few days. Your doctor can prescribe or recommend medications to ease any discomfort you may feel. Healing usually happens within seven to 10 days.

Your new skin, which is pink at first, gradually develops a normal color. In most cases, the pinkness largely fades by six to eight weeks. You can use makeup as soon as the skin is healed.

Generally, most people can resume their normal activities in seven to 14 days after dermabrasion. You should avoid sunlight for a few weeks after the pink color has gone away. When outdoors, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

After microdermabrasion, your skin will be pink and feel dry and tight (like sunburn or windburn) for about 24 hours. Use moisturizer. Some types of makeup should not be applied for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Are There Side Effects and Complications With Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion?

Dermabrasion side effects include:

  • Uneven changes in skin color (temporary or permanent).
  • Formation of a scar.
  • Infection.
  • Darkening of the skin (usually temporary but may be permanent). This is caused by sun exposure in the days and months following the procedure.

Microdermabrasion side effects include:

  • Irritation from crystals getting into unprotected eyes.

Care After Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion: You will have a follow-up appointment soon after your dermabrasion. Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours after the procedure. Do not take aspirin or any products that contain aspirin or ibuprofen for one week afterwards. Don't smoke.

Microdermabrasion: Use moisturizers and sunscreens. Avoid sun exposure for a few days immediately after the procedure.

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