Are you looking into the possibility of getting a tattoo removed? If so, then you’ve likely heard of dermabrasion. This surgical method of tattoo removal involves the use of a medical grinding tool that is used to remove the outer layers of the skin in a controlled manner. It can be a painful procedure, and typically requires either a local, regional or even a general anesthetic. Here’s everything you need to know about dermabrasion for tattoo removal.

The Healing Process After Dermabrasion

A session of dermabrasion will result in an open wound that needs care after the procedure is done. The wounds created as a result of dermabrasion typically take longer to heal than those created by laser tattoo removal. These are likely to take somewhere around 10-14 days to heal and may require regular cleaning with saline water or antiseptic cream during this time.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Like laser tattoo removal, more than one session of dermabrasion may be necessary in order to fully remove the tattoo. The number of sessions needed will depend on how deep your tattoo is and how large it is as well as whether it was professionally done or not. Make sure to discuss this with your doctor before beginning any treatment plan so that you have realistic expectations about what will be required for successful removal.

Scaring Possibilities

Dermabrasion can result in significant scaring, especially when it comes to tattoos located on areas such as elbows, knees and hands where there is less padding between the skin and bone. In some cases, scarring from dermabrasion may actually be worse than scarring from laser treatments depending on the individual case and quality of aftercare given. Again, make sure that your doctor has thoroughly discussed this possibility with you before committing to any treatment plan.

Conclusion:  Dermabrasion is one possible option for removing unwanted tattoos but there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before deciding if it’s right for you – including pain levels, healing times and potential scarring risks. Speak with your doctor about all available options so that you can make an informed decision when it comes time to choose which method works best for you and your specific situation. With all this knowledge under your belt, now you’re ready to move forward confidently on your journey towards achieving ink-free skin!