Is dermabrasion painful?
Dermabrasion can be uncomfortable, so local anesthetics are used to numb the skin before treatment. A freezing spray may also be used to numb and prepare the treated area. For larger treatments, such as full facials, a general anesthesia may be used. Ice packs may also be used during the procedure. After treatment most patients report little or no pain, though some require pain relievers as well as a corticosteroid for swelling.