Not everyone is a candidate for dermabrasion. For example, if you are prone to raised red keloid scars or other forms of excessive scarring, or if you tend to form pale or dark spots after skin injuries (hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation, respectively), dermabrasion is probably not a good idea.
If you have extremely thin skin, dermabrasion may also not be recommended. Moreover, if you have a history of certain viral diseases such as oral herpes, you may not be a good candidate for dermabrasion. Why? If you have an outbreak during your healing, the infection can spread and result in severe and permanent scarring. Taking an antiviral drug can significantly decrease your chances of this happening.
You should not have dermabrasion on the affected area if you have:
- Undiagnosed skin lesions
- Active acne. If you have taken Accutane (isotretinoin) in the past 12 to 18 months to treat your acne, dermabrasion is ill-advised. Accutane can lead to increased scarring post-dermabrasion.
- Active rosacea (a chronic skin condition marked by inflammation on the cheeks, nose, chin forehead or eyelids)
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Autoimmune diseases such as lupus
- Pigment disorders
To find out if you are a candidate for dermabrasion, schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon.