• A hemorrhagic reaction of unknown cause can occur approximately five weeks after superficial dermabrasion of tattoos. This reaction may lead to alarm in the patient and possibly to increased scarring in the area treated. Intralesional corticosteroid injections have sped resolution. It is wise to forewarn patients of this potential complicaton of tattoo dermabrasion.
(Arch Dermatol 112:83-85, 1976)
Fritsch WC, Maharry RR, Clabaugh WA. Delayed Purpuric Reaction Following Superficial Dermabrasion. Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(1):83-85. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630250047015