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Dermabrasion Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have dermabrasion, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Common temporary side effects:
  • Scarring
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Flare-ups of acne or tiny cysts
  • Increased color in the skin
  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • Flare-ups of cold sores (caused by herpes simplex 1 virus) if done on the face
  • Less common complications:
  • Permanent scarring
  • Lasting redness
  • Prolonged loss of color in the skin.
  • Infection

Dermabrasion is not recommended for those with the following conditions:

  • Active herpes or bacterial infection and sores
  • Current or recent use (less than one year) of isotretinoin (Accutane)
  • Skin, blood flow, or immune disorders that could make healing more difficult

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the treatment site
  • Skin redness or loss of color that does not go away
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.



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