Dermabrasion is the process of surgically scraping the skin to help lessen the appearance of scars, wrinkles, pigmentation, and pre-cancerous lesions.

Dermabrasion Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

avg. recovery
3 weeks
Is permanent
Mechanical Abrasion
$100 - $4000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 09.18.2021

Your skin will be held taut. Your doctor will move the dermabrader — a small motorized device with an abrasive wheel or brush for a tip — across your skin with constant, gentle pressure. He or she will carefully remove the outer layers of skin to reveal new, smoother skin. Dermabrasion can take a few minutes to more than an hour, depending on how much skin is being treated. If you have deep scarring or you're having a large amount of skin treated you might have dermabrasion done more than once or in stages.

Dermabrasion procedures address skin imperfections by reducing fine lines on the face, particularly the nose, mouth or cheeks. Dermabrasion may also reduce brown spots or blotchiness in the skin. Can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars caused by acne, chicken pox, or injury.

Recovery Notes

Redness and swelling initially, eating and speaking may be difficult. Within a few days to a week the swelling will subside. Skin will scab over and slough off. Most likely you will be advised to avoid anything that can bump your face for 2 weeks and can generally resume work within 2 weeks. Instructions will include avoiding the sun and skin protection instructions will be given by the doctor.

Ideal Candidate

Candidates of all ages are able to get a dermabrasion treatment. Older candidates may heal slower and darker complexions may develop skin discoloration or blotchiness. People who develop allergic rashes or other skin reactions, or who get frequent fever blisters or cold sores, may experience a flare-up. If you have freckles, they may disappear in the treated area.

Not Recommended For

Microdermabrasion is not recommended to keratosis sufferers, people with undiagnosed lesions, active rosacea or acne, fragile capillaries, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or lupus.

Side Effects

Skin will be red and swollen which can last a few days to 1 week, but can last months. Milia may develop on treated skin which is typically temporary. Dermabrasion may cause pores to grow larger but shrink to normal size once swelling decreases. Dermabrasion can cause treated skin to temporarily become darker, lighter, or blotchy (although more common in people who have darker skin) and can sometimes be permanent. Rarely, dermabrasion can lead to infection or, if done too deeply, cause scarring.


  • Less invasive than a facelift
  • improved scars
  • scar treatment
  • long lasting


  • skin irritation
  • scarring
  • skin color may change
  • hyperpigmentation
  • hypopigmentation
  • blotchy skin
  • sun sensitivity

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