Although most tattoos have some memory or meaningful reason behind them, some of them are not particularly well thought-out. Fortunately, laser removal offers a safe, quick, and efficient way to help you get rid of regrettable or misguided tattoos, though some people still pursue other procedures, like dermabrasion.
In general, all tattoo removal procedures hold some degree of risk, despite great improvements over the years. Unfortunately, non-laser treatments do not work as well, and tend to be quite dangerous, leaving the patient with harmful, and sometimes, permanent side effects.
Dermabrasion tattoo removal, as the name suggests, is one of the extremely invasive techniques used before the advent of laser removal procedures, yet some people still pursue it today in the hope that it will help to remove their tattoo. This technique literally abrades the skin, as the user relies on salt crystals, sterilized sandpaper, diamond wheel, wire brush, or other mechanical means to sand down or scrape away the skin. The patient suffers a considerable amount of pain, so it can only be performed under local anesthetic.
If you are still not convinced that this is not the right way to remove a tattoo, dermabrasion removes several layers of skin – deep enough to get rid of the tattoo. This injures the dermis, which does not renew itself, leading to scarring, bleeding, discoloration, and even an infection. It also takes months to heal properly, yet you may not get the desired effect.