Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel After Injectable Filler?

How long after filler injections (Restylane, Botox, etc) must you wait to perform microdermabrasion or light chemical peels?

Doctor Answers 7

Microdermabrasion and peels after filler

Chances are if you were either to have microdermabrasion or a light to medium depth chemical peel immediately, you would probably be fine, however, my preference would be to wait 10 days to 2 weeks, until the swelling and bruising from the filler have fully resolved. Botox also takes approximately 2 weeks to achieve the full effects.

Good luck.

San Diego Dermatologist
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Micro/peels first

I suggest you do the microdermabrasion or chemical peel first, then the filler. If you do it the other way, it's safer to wait about 2 weeks.

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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I would advise having the microdermabrasion or peel first, then filler afterwards.

Generally, if performed on the same day, I would advise having the microdermabrasion or peel first, then filler afterwards.. If this is not possible, you should wait about two - three weeks following your filler injections to allow for the swelling and/or bruising to resolve fully.

Mary E. Hurley, MD
Dallas Dermatologist
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Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peels after Botox or Fillers

Chemical peels, wait for 2 weeks.

Microdermabrasion, can do immediately. Just minimize sun exposure by using hats and sunscreen.

Also, make sure you don' t have cold sores on lips. The stress of injections and microdermabrasion can cause a cold sore (herpetic break out) and you will need to use Valtrex.


Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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I'd wait two weeks

Although many will say that you could do everything at once. I think that because your going to swell from the filler you might want to wait a week or two to allow any bruising or swelling to resolve before you proceed with microdermabrasion. Now if you're considering the Vi peel than doing any or all together would be okay as this is not as severe a peel as others. This is all very surgeon dependent.

Christopher L. Hess, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion and Injectable Fillers may be performed the same day.

 You'll probably want to have the microdermabrasion performed first. Then your doctor can place topical anesthetic, and perform the Filler procedure. Also, we routinely combine light chemical peeling with microdermabrasion.

I hope this helps, and best regards.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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No definitive answer when to do peels or microdermabrasion after filler injection

I want to make a simple clarification. Botox is NOT a filler. It is used to relax muscles which cause wrinkles but not fill creases, depressions or grooves.

Generally, I would advise waiting at least 1-2 weeks but this is based on my personal experience. I believe it could be done sooner but Botox takes about 3-5 days to take effect and fillers may cause bruising for up to 7-10 days.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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