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What should I expect after my dermabrasion procedure? 

After Dermabrasion 

What should I expect after my dermabrasion procedure? Recovery is a vital part of your healing process after dermabrasion. In the immediate post-op phase, your skin will be inflamed and red in the treated sites. You may also experience some burning and tingling sensations or slight pain in the region. Your surgeon will prescribe pain relieving medications to deal with the discomfort. Most people find the swelling subsides within a week’s time.  

As the treated area begins to heal, you will notice a crust form which later peels away to reveal the new, taut, pink skin below. Your surgeon will prescribe an ointment to apply if you experience an itch as the new skin begins to grow. If you apply the ointment soon after the surgery, scab formation is minimal.  

Men will have to refrain from shaving; the first shave after the surgery must be with an electric razor. Following the doctor’s instructions is vital to ensure effective and safe healing. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides dermabrasion treatment to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities.  

When Can I Resume Normal Activities? 

You can slowly resume your regular activities once the new skin begins to form. You may be able to return to work in a fortnight following the surgery. Your surgeon may warn you to avoid for at least two weeks those activities that may result in a bump to the face.  

Avoid active sports, particularly the ones where a ball is involved, for close to six weeks. Swim only indoors to avoid exposure to the wind and sun, but also make sure you don’t allow your face to contact the chlorinated pool water for at least close to a month.  

Following surgery, you will experience a flush of redness whenever you drink alcohol. It will take three to four weeks for this effect to subside. It will take anywhere between six to twelve months for the pigment to return completely to your skin. Until then, it is imperative you protect your skin from exposure to sunlight.   

When Will the Results of Dermabrasion be Visible? 

Dermabrasion brings about total skin rejuvenation, but it takes time for the final results to show. About three months after surgery, the pinkness of the skin will fade. Once the new skin regains its normal pigmentation, its color will blend in with the surrounding skin and no one can tell that you have undergone this procedure.  

What Post-Operative Care is Necessary? 

Following surgery, your skin is very delicate and needs a lot of care. Some of the measures you must take include: 

  • Clean your skin often with warm water to remove any bacterial film or scabs. 
  • Keep away from the sun till the peeling stops.  
  • To prevent photdamage of the skin, never step into the sun without covering the treated area with sunscreen. 
  • Change the wound dressing or ointment regularly to ensure the raw skin stays moist. This is necessary to reduce scabbing and promote healing.  

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for dermabrasion. 

Schedule a Consultation with California Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Q

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, CA, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

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