When people think of tattoo removal; they generally think of the Ruby Laser – but depending upon the size, colors and location of the tattoo; dermabrasion is also used for removing tattoos.
In this process, the skin is prepped with a topical anesthetic, for comfort. Then, a freezing agent (such as aerosol CO2 or Nitrogen) is administered to the top skin layer. Freezing the skin makes it more brittle and easy to slough with a rotating brush or stone wheel. The ‘sanding action’ removes skin cells, a layer or two at a time. As the body’s natural healing process is activated, the skin will scab and slough, taking ink with it. Of course, it takes a series of treatments to accomplish. Each treatment can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
As with any procedure; aftercare is very important. Oftentimes, the success of a (potentially) great surgery can be diminished if proper attention is not given to following instructions carefully. To succeed, and guard against infection and scarring – keep the treated area clean, dry and bandaged, as instructed by your physician. Also, aspirin, alcohol and smoking are inadvisable.
With the advent, and advancements in Ruby Laser technology; dermabrasion is not used as often, in current day tattoo removal – but, it is an option. A reputable, professional tattoo removal expert can discuss the method that will work best for you.