An allergic reaction to a topical cream used as part of the treatment plan may occur before, during, or after the procedure. Usually, this involves redness and itching of the skin, which go away when the use of the cream is stopped. Signs of an allergic reaction include itching, redness, swelling, and the presence of a rash. Once the cream is no longer applied, the symptoms should go away.
After dermabrasion, the treated skin will be red and swollen. The swelling will start to subside in a few days or a week, but it can last for weeks or even months. For pain relief after the procedure, take prescription pain medications or an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), or naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox DS, or others). Ask your doctor which pain reliever is best for you.
The procedure is not invasive, but it can cause side effects. These include burning, stinging, and swelling, as well as increased sensitivity to sunlight.