Can You Have Microdermabrasion When Pregnant?

I guess you are here because you or your partner is pregnant, and would like to know an answer to the question – can you have microdermabrasion when pregnant?

Microdermabrasion is a generally safe and painless skin procedure that removes the top dermal layer consisting of dead skin cells.

It can be done using an abrasive applicator or fine crystals of aluminium oxide that are then vacuumed from the skin along with dead skin cells.

Microdermabrasion reduces visible signs of aging such as fine wrinkles and age spots, evens out the skin tone and encourages skin regeneration, which makes the skin smoother and more elastic.

Microdermabrasion and Pregnancy

Microdermabrasion and Pregnancy

Most dermatologists will advise you to avoid microdermabrasion until after delivery. It carries several risks for you and the baby.

Here are the main reasons you should avoid microdermabrasion when pregnant.

  • Increased skin sensitivity. Because of hormonal activity, most pregnant women experience heightened skin sensitivity. Microdermabrasion can cause hyperpigmentation (uneven coloured areas on the skin) and scarring. It also increases the risk of an acne flare up.
  • Increased discomfort. Normally, microdermabrasion is painless because a local anaesthetic is used during the procedure. Even after the anaesthetic wears off, the pain is very little or not present at all. However, pregnant women may experience more pain and discomfort afterwards because of higher skin sensitivity.
  • Infection. With proper care, the risk of infection after microdermabrasion is very low. But it’s a risk you don’t want to take when pregnant. Infections during pregnancy can be unusually dangerous for the mother and baby.
  • Longer healing time. Wound healing takes longer during pregnancy. This can prolong recovery time after microdermabrasion.

Bottom Line

While microdermabrasion during pregnancy presents a low risk to your baby, we recommend putting off the procedure until after delivery, particularly any DIY procedures with home devices like these. They are great; however, don’t use them when you are pregnant!

This will allow your hormones to return to normal and give your skin time to become less sensitive.