How long does it take to recover from dermabrasion?
Your recovery time will depend on the type of treatment and the amount of skin being treated. Your surgeon will let you know how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. Your surgeon will also give you and your caregiver detailed instructions about your postoperative care after your treatment, including information about:
- Typical symptoms you will experience
- Potential signs of complications
It is vital that you follow all the patient care instructions your surgeon provides. It is also important to know that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
What can I expect immediately after my dermabrasion?
- When the anesthesia wears off, you may have some pain. If the pain is extreme or long-lasting, contact your surgeon.
- You may have a sensation similar to a "skinned knee" feeling on the treated area.
- It's likely that the treated area will have some redness and swelling after the surgery.
- The area may tingle for a while, and it's not uncommon for some scabbing to occur.
- Your surgeon will provide you with information on how to treat the skin – often, it's like treating a mild burn. You may be prescribed an ointment to help with any pain following the procedure.
- Immediately after your surgery, you will need to avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting or straining and you may have difficulty eating or drinking depending on the area treated.
What can I expect during the first month of my dermabrasion recovery?
- More extensive treatments may require you to take a break from your normal activity for one to two weeks, while spot treatments will take less time for recovery.
- It will take seven to ten days for new skin to begin forming, but your skin may maintain a red or pink hue for several months after the procedure.
- Typically, you can cover any skin coloration with camouflage makeup.
- Within six weeks, the redness and pinkness will subside, and you'll begin to see the full results of your procedure.