I Have Scars from Cuts/Stitches, How Long Should I Wait for Peels/microdermabrasion?

I was bit by a dog on my face and had to get many stitches, how long should I give my scars to heal before getting microdermabrasion and peels?

Doctor Answers (2)

Chemical Peels after Facial Trauma


I'm sorry to hear about your experience and hope that you are healing well.  I had a patient who was mauled by a bear in the face so I know that the experience can be traumatic.  

One of the things I like to use in my surgical face patients is a topical ointment that helps to minimize any potential scarring.  This is especially important in the face.  While I know you are eager to have peels and microdermabrasion, it is necessary to allow your scars to heal.  I don't know how much time has elapsed after your attack, but in my office, I usually have my patients wait about 6-8 weeks before the medical esthetician in my office performs any chemical peels and skin care treatments.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scars and Healing


I generally recommend to my patients that they wait at least 6 weeks after skin surgery before undergoing treatments to improve the scar.  Oftentimes with scars, a little bit of patience goes a long way ("tincture of time"). I am sorry for your dog bite experience and hope that you are pleased with your healing. 

Channing R. Barnett, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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