If you are susceptible to Keloid scarring or have active skin infections or afflictions such as herpes outbreaks, you may not be a good candidate for dermabrasion. If you have a history of cold sores, herpes or other viral infections disclose this to your surgeon. After dermabrasion treatments
, chemical peels
and laser resurfacing
, viral anomalies may spread and severely disfigure the treatment area. You will be placed on anti-viral medications beforehand and continue during the healing phase. Bacterial infections are also a severe risk and even water-borne or plant-borne bacterial infections can severely scar your treatment area if they are exposed to your treatment area.
There is also the risk of bullae (blisters), milia (or small whiteheads), infection, thicker scar tissue of the treatment area and hypopigmentation (too little or no pigment) as well as hyperpigmentation (too much pigment). You must also be very careful if you have taken Accutane within the past year and a half (12-18 months). Accutane causes dermal thickening and can cause increased chances of keloid-like scarring.