Dermabrasion Side Effects, Risks & Reward

Dermabrasion requires undergoing major surgery so anyone who is considering having this procedure done should keep in mind that with every form of major surgery there is risk involved. Though dermabrasion side effects and risks are uncommon, there is always a chance that something could go wrong during surgery or through the healing process.

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Dermabrasion side effects and risks include the possibility of scarring, infection and permanent changes in skin pigmentation.

Most dermabrasion procedures involve the use of local or general anesthetic and this is where the first risk comes into play. Anesthetics rarely yield side effects but patients with heart conditions, severe allergies or other serious illnesses should inform their anesthesiologists about these conditions before anesthetic is administered in order to avoid complications. Other dermabrasion side effects and risks include the possibility of scarring, infection and permanent changes in skin pigmentation.

Scarring is always a risk with surgical procedures that involve stripping away layers of skin. Most post-dermabrasion scarring will fade away but there is always the chance the scars will remain noticeable. It is hard to determine which patients will experience this side effect because each person heals differently but with appropriate after-care scarring can usually be avoided.

Common risks and side effects

  • Anesthesia allergies
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Skin pigmentation

Infection is another side effect that can be avoided with diligent after-care. Patients are usually advised to avoid swimming pools, tanning and shaving until they are fully healed so that there is no chance of infection occurring.

After the dermabrasion the patients almost always notice a change in skin pigmentation. The first week after surgery the treated skin is usually swollen and red and often appears severely sun burnt. This is a common side effect that occurs after surgery and usually diminishes as the skin heals. It usually takes a few months before the skin regains its original pigment.

Discomfort is also a common side effect of dermabrasion, as it is with most forms of plastic surgery, but patients should keep in mind that this should only last for the first few days after surgery and most discomfort can usually be alleviated with pain medications, ointments and compresses.

Dermabrasion patients shouldn't be frightened by the risks involved, they should just make sure they are aware of them so that they can make an informed decision about whether or not to have the procedure.

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