Why is it that there are no magic creams to fade away tattoos? Why do products that purport to remove tattoos using a special brush and a proprietary ointment (think wrecking balm) not work? And if they did work, would laser companies still build medical lasers which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars? If we could wipe away our mistakes with snake oil I would gladly close up shop and send the revolutionary PicoSure laser back to its manufacturer. The world would have a lot less tattoos if a $50 cream in a fancy box could remove a tattoo. Millions of people want to erase their mistakes but I’m here to tell you that it takes dedication on the part of the patient and their provider as well as the right tool; a PicoSure laser.
But back to the original question of why don’t topical creams or ointments work? Well it’s because there is no known chemical reaction that can break up tattoo ink once it is set in skin. For example, if we used an acid powerful enough to destroy tattoo ink, what do you think its effect on the skin would be? The skin and the ink it holds would be destroyed leaving a terrible chemical acid burn in its wake.
The key to removing tattoos is not chemical it is mechanical. As the PicoSure laser fires into the skin it produces two effects. First it heats the pigment which is known as a photothermal reaction. Secondly, it produces a photomechanical PressureWave™ which shatters ink into the smallest of particles. Neither of these actions are chemical reactions. The ink is not chemically dissolved; it is physically vaporized and then absorbed and removed by the body. In summary, there is no magic chemical which can dissolve ink in the skin without harming the skin itself. Removing tattoos is a physical process involving heat and pressure. Want to talk about it? I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.