Emily has been a Licensed Medical Aesthetician and Certified Laser Technician and skincare specialist for over 20 years. As a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine & Surgery, her expertise includes state-of-the-art laser and cosmetic procedures.
Downtime and recovery
Any discomfort experienced with microdermabrasion is typically short-lived. This can include redness and swelling, which should subside within a few hours. You can also expect your skin to be dry and flaky for several days. Additional possible side effects include the following:
- Mild post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Bruising from the suction (may last several days)
- Sensitivity to sun exposure
After microdermabrasion, you can return to your regular routine immediately. Be sure to use sunscreen, especially immediately following a microdermabrasion session. Compared to a laser treatment or dermabrasion, the abrasive mechanism of this treatment is very gentle. You can expect a minor improvement with each treatment session. After the series, you should notice a significant improvement in your overall appearance.