Is Microdermabrasion Safe During Pregnancy?

Author: JM S Morales
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Microdermabrasion is NOT recommended as safe during pregnancy.

Microdermabrasion may not be a safe procedure or treatment to undergo during your pregnancy. Pregnancy brings about hormonal changes that can affect your skin sensitivity and its ability to heal itself.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive and non-surgical way to make your skin look younger and fresher by smoothening out mild wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of aging. This is achieved with the use of a microdermabrasion machine, which makes use of a wand-like device that works as an abrasive to gently remove the thick and uneven layers of your skin. Some machines also make use of tiny, white particles consisting of aluminum oxide and vitamin C crystals to blast the epidermis off your skin, in order to encourage the growth of a new layer of skin.

Microdermabrasion is generally considered a safe procedure that is recommended for most skin types. Because the procedure makes use of a non-invasive technique, no anesthesia is needed prior to undergoing the treatment. There is no healing time required after a microdermabrasion treatment as well. The entire procedure lasts for a total of an average of fifteen minutes to one hour, depending on the size of the area to be treated. Patients often see results immediately, but a series of five to seven sessions is required in order to effect a substantial improvement on your skin's appearance.

Apart from treating the signs of aging, microdermabrasion has also been found to be effective on skin that is characterized by large pores and oiliness, as microdermabrasion can work to clean up your pores.

Microdermabrasion during Pregnancy

Although microdermabrasion is a very safe and gentle procedure, it is not recommended for pregnant women. In general, patients are asked to refrain from applying products that enhance the skin's sensitivity, such as Retin-A or other peeling products as they can increase skin sensitivity. Pregnancy may have the effect of making your skin more susceptible to sensitivity as well, and may result in adverse reactions that can cause permanent scarring or damage to your skin.


Works Cited

UK Health Centre
Microdermabrasion When Pregnant

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Microdermabrasion Treatments

International Rosacea Foundation

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