Recovery After Surgery
You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon. The initial healing phase of a surgical scar revision may include one to two weeks of localized swelling, discoloration, or discomfort. As the new scar heals for several weeks, it will slowly refine and fade. With dermabrasion, chemical peel, or laser resurfacing, you will experience similar conditions at the treated area, in addition to overall sensitivity.
Follow all postoperative instructions carefully, including cleansing and at-home treatment regimens, and avoid sun exposure. Your compliance with postoperative instructions will influence the outcome of your surgery. It's important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon questions. It's very important to understand all aspects of microdermabrasion. It's natural to feel some anxiety, whether it's excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don't be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.