Okay, so you were a wild child teenager. You loved to live on the edge and truly express who you were. Naturally, you got a tattoo to forever seal your cool factor and free spirited personality. Unfortunately, you were incredibly young and didn’t think of how a Smurf riding a rainbow unicorn would look when you were in your 60’s…or hell, even your 30’s. Who’s going to take a 30 something hungry lawyer seriously with that tattoo coming down your arm. Forget wearing anything without sleeves or not constantly wearing a 3 piece suit. Luckily for you, there’s now a little something called laser tattoo removal.

This month, we’ll feature a new series taking a look deeper into tattoos, what they are, how you get rid of them, and the whole process that’s involved. So without further interruption, I give you our next feature.

Part 3

There are several techniques used for tattoo removal. Today we’ll take a look at Dermabrasion.

During dermabrasion, the tattooed area is chilled until the area is numb. The tattooed skin is then sanded down to deeper levels with a high-speed rotary device that has an abrasive wheel or brush. This lets the tattoo ink to seep out of the skin. The affected area might feel sore or raw for up to 10 days after the procedure. During this time, it’s important to treat the affected area gently. You might need to use antibacterial ointment and cover the affected area with special bandages. Like laser surgery, dermabrasion might not completely erase the tattoo.