Dermabrasion removes a tattoo by sanding away the top layers of skin. While this method is generally successful, there is much pain involved with it. Also, dermabrasion almost always causes scarring and discoloration of the skin. A positive aspect of dermabrasion is that each session does not take long to complete. In some cases, completion of a session may take as little as from 15 minutes to 2 hours. However, in many cases, the process must be repeated several times in order to achieve complete removal.
There are also other risks and side effects associated with dermabrasion. Bruising and swelling can be expected after treatment as well as bleeding. People with darker complexions often experience the worst scarring and skin discoloration. This method is generally considered to be a last resort method after other treatments have failed and it can be expensive. While this older method is still in operation, many doctors do not recommend it.
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