Dermabrasion is a tattoo removal technique that is performed by scraping skin around the tattoo, providing a deep exfoliation. This is often done with a high-speed brush. Essentially, the skin is sanded down to the layers where the tattoo pigment is held, removing the ink-stained skin. Since tattoo ink is located about a millimeter below the skin, the top layer of skin must be removed along with the dermis layer. Like most tattoo removal methods, this process requires multiple treatments before desired results are achieved.
After a dermabrasion treatment, the skin will look and feel raw. This form of tattoo removal is rough on the skin and entails many side effects, such as:
- Infection – Since the skin is opened and a raw wound is created, the body is more susceptible to infection.
- Scars – Dermabrasion often scrubs off too much skin, and many people suffer scarring as a result.
- Tattoo size – This treatment can only been done on smaller tattoos.
- Long healing time – Painful burning and itching often lasts months. The area tends to stay red and irritated, and complete healing takes at least six months.
- Skin sensitivity – The new layer of skin that forms will be sensitive and should be kept out of the sun.
- Skin discoloration – The new layer of skin will also be a different pigment from the rest of the skin, especially for those who have a tan or a darker skin tone.