Microdermabrasion after Botox: Is it safe, and how long should you wait?

Botox and Microdermabrasion two of the most sought after non surgical cosmetic procedures. Maybe you’re considering having both or just one of the procedures done (for now) but are unsure of the safety of having them done together. If you’ve caught yourself wondering, “can I get microdermabrasion after Botox?” then you’re in the right place because we have all the info! 

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What is Botox?

Botox, medically known as Botulinum toxin, is an agent injected into the facial muscles – typically around the jawline and forehead. When injected it relaxes the muscles by temporarily paralyzing the muscle. This helps to reduce the look of aging in the face such as frown lines and crow’s feet, but can also be helpful to those who clench their jaws. 

Botox is completed in one sitting and doesn’t take longer than a few minutes. The side effects are typically redness, swelling, and bruising, although each patient is different, and these side effects won’t last long. Botox takes time to work, so it can take up to a week to see the full results of your treatment. 

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a treatment in which the skin is exfoliated by tiny crystals. This removes the upper layer and dead skin cells to reveal the shiny new skin underneath. This process can reduce the appearance of scarring on the face, discoloration, and fine lines, and wrinkles. Once the skin has been exfoliated, the dead skin cells are suctioned away, revealing the new skin beneath it. This skin can look slightly red or pink but will return to normal within a few hours after treatment.

The recovery time of microdermabrasion is minimal, but for optimal results, the patient may need to return to repeat the procedure over the course of several weeks.

How long after Botox can you get Microdermabrasion?

You can get Microdermabrasion after Botox, however, due to the nature of the procedure – the exfoliating method and the pushing and pulling of the face, cosmetic surgeons will recommend waiting at least 24 hours after Botox. This is because the motions of a Microdermabrasion treatment could move the Botox out of the correct position and away from the injected area. For this reason, some surgeons recommend waiting up to two weeks before you have a Microdermabrasion. Two weeks is how long it takes the muscles to fully relax after Botox, so after this time, there is less chance for the Botox to be knocked out of position. 

Can you have Microdermabrasion before Botox?

If you are looking into having the two cosmetic procedures and do not want to wait weeks in between, the preferred method is to have the Microdermabrasion done first. This will reduce the risk of the Botox moving or not working properly due to the process of the Microdermabrasion.


The two facial treatments work beautifully together to give you a more youthful looking appearance and visibly beautiful skin. If you want the two procedures to be completed close by to one another, then have the Microdermabrasion completed first. However, if you already have your Botox appointment booked in or don’t mind waiting a few weeks, let the Botox fully heal and relax your muscles before getting your Microdermabrasion.

Here at Facial Aesthetics we specialise in everything to do with aesthetics! If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, get in touch today and we will be more than happy to assist you on your journey. 

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