Side-Effects And Complications With Dermabrasion And Microdermabrasion Surgery


Dermabrasion And Microdermabrasion Advancements and development in medicine and health has introduced new treatments and cures for many conditions. Acne, rosacea, and other skin diseases can be hard to deal with, as they are often clearly visible and are the cause of embarrassment and low self esteem among many individuals.

Though the treatment of such skin disorder is now easy, due to introduction of new medications and cosmetic products, for those suffering from chronic acne, surgical procedures like dermabrasion and microdermabrasion may need to be considered.

These cosmetic surgeries are now being carried out worldwide and have good success rates. However, there are certain risks, side effects and complications associated with the surgery. Listed below are a few of them.

Complications With Dermabrasion And Microdermabrasion Surgery

Increased Sensitivity Of The Skin

Since both dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are invasive surgical procedures, they may cause temporary side effects such as sensitivity of the treated skin to the sun. This sensitivity is usually for a short period of time and tends to go away slowly after the skin starts to heal.


It is usually recommended that the patient apply sunscreen and sun block creams before getting out in the sun.


Almost every surgery carries the risk of infection due to different reasons like improper sterilization of the surgical area, dirty instruments and many other conditions. Those undergoing dermabrasion are at a higher risk of developing an infection than those opting for microdermabrasion. This is because during dermabrasion, many deeper layers of skin are involved, whereas in microdermabrasion, a few skin layers are needed to be exfoliated, thus lessening the risk of infections.

Scarring Of Tissues

Scarring and bruising of the treated skin is another complication of cosmetic surgeries.

Scarring Of Tissues

Though this complication is rarely observed, its occurrence is known to reduce the aesthetic appeal and cause a waste of time and expenses of the individual.

Changes In Skin Tone And Darkening

The skin may develop uneven skin tones and dark patches in almost 12% people who have tried these cosmetic enhancement procedures. This side effect may last for a lifetime or sometimes temporary. Permanent damage to the hair follicles and melanin is also seen.

Allergic Reaction

Anesthetics are injected into the individuals before the surgery is carried out. These anesthetics, however, may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Sometimes, severe allergic reactions are seen during the surgery, which may make it difficult for the surgeons to proceed with the surgery. This condition may also claim the life of the individual.

Allergic Reaction

It is important to keep these complications in mind before going in for the surgery. Talk to your dermatologist about your condition, and take a written consent before proceeding for the surgery. Also, pregnant women, those suffering from lowered immunity, those ingesting immune system suppressing drugs, and those suffering from cardiovascular diseases need to be extra careful before thinking about this procedure.

People having certain severe conditions like diabetes, or those who are unable to produce enough blood clotting factors should think of alternative therapies and treatments rather than opting for this surgery.