In a moment of youthful rebellion or during the lusty height of a relationship that you are convinced will last forever, you decide to get a tattoo. Years, months or maybe merely weeks later, you regret your attempt to achieve individuality or you find that the love of your life was not as long-lasting as you had hoped.
Well, you’re not alone. It is thought that approximately 50% of people that get a tattoo regret the decision in later life. Subsequently, numerous people seek effective and inexpensive ways to remove a permanent piece of body art.
If you are in the half of people who wish they’d never got inked, then one of the options available to you is dermabrasion. But, what is the process and, more importantly, how does it work?
What is Dermabrasion Tattoo Removal?
Dermabrasion is an understandably painful process, which involves removing layers of skin at the site of the tattoo. Once new layers of skin have been rebuilt and the area has healed, the tattoo is no longer visible.
However, this should never be attempted at home. It is important that the technique be carried out by medical professionals to reduce the risk of infection and ensure that the individual is provided with an anesthetic.
Before Undergoing Dermabrasion Procedure
If you feel that dermabrasion may be the right route for you, firstly, you need to find a certified practitioner. Usually, dermabrasion is carried out by plastic surgeons; you may find it useful to visit your doctor who should be able to refer to a reputable practice.
Once you have found a plastic surgeon, it is advisable to arrange a meeting, during which you can discuss the procedure, the benefits and possible risks. It is always a good idea to ask to see pictures of the effects of the treatment, to ascertain exactly what results to expect.
If you are happy with the surgeon and the treatment he, or she, offers, you can make an appointment for the dermabrasion tattoo removal procedure. It is always wise to take a few days off to recuperate after the procedure, so, you may want to consider this when booking the treatment.
What to Expect When Having Dermabrasion Tattoo Removal
Before the procedure, your surgeon will provide you with anesthetic cream. You will also be given ice, and a spray will be applied to the tattoo to freeze the skin. This has two advantages, firstly, it numbs the area and, secondly, it ensures that the skin is firm, which will facilitate the treatment.
The treatment begins with the surgeon using a specially designed instrument to remove the top layers of the skin. Directly after this process has been completed, the area will be extremely sore and will be bleeding. Your surgeon will apply an antiseptic cream and dress the wound.
After the dermabrasion tattoo removal treatment, you will need to clean and redress the treated area several times a day for approximately 5 to 8 days. By this time, new layers of skin will have begun to form. Later, you will have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon who will assess the healing process and establish whether your skin is ready to be exposed.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only; it should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a licensed medical professional.
Sources and Further Reading
- Health Centre.org.uk
- Finn, E., Uninked! The Complete Guide to Tattoo Removal