DermabrasionBy Pete On March 19, 2012 Under Uncategorized
Dermabrasion is the rubbing away of skin to encourage new skin growth. For tattoo removal, this is usually accomplished by a mechanical spinning brush designed to peel human skin. Yes, it is unpleasant and frequently the last ditch choice for those who have tried everything else. It will usually only work on tattoos that are not too deep.
The procedure works with your doctor, or plastic surgeon, cleaning the area to be treated and administering a local anesthetic such as lidocaine. Next, the skin is sprayed with liquid nitrogen to freeze the top layer making it stiffer and easier to work on. Then the spinning abrasion brush is brought out to grind away the epidermis and get at the dermis where the ink pigment is located. The process will take anywhere from a few minutes to two hours depending on the size of the tattoo.
Vascoconstrictors, (drugs not snakes) such as ephinidrine, are also used to control blood flow to the area. Without these you will bleed a lot. They work by causing the veins that carry blood to narrow and reduce blood flow.
Proper aftercare is critical and takes up to two months. More than one treatment is necessary. The chances of scarring are very high and this treatment should not be considered by people who are keloid prone. Permanent change in skin pigmentation of the treated area is also a risk for people with darker skin. Dermabrasion is not a DIY procedure.
If all that doesn’t turn you off then consider this; the cost is high. Each treatment session will cost several hundred dollars with repeat visits necessary. Some estimates put the average cost of dermabrasion tattoo removal at around $1,500.
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