So maybe you’ve heard that a post-doctoral student named Alec Falkenham at Dalhousie University in Canada is trying to come up with yet another novel cream to fade away tattoos. The cream is called Bisphosphonate Liposomal Tattoo Removal (BLTR) and it’s applied topically to the unwanted tattoo. The university press release states that the cream will interfere with macrophages and allow the ink and the cells holding it to be broken down and absorbed by the body “over time”. Actually, inhibiting white blood cells may be bad for us. Additionally, how much cream would be required for the tattoo below? How often would it be applied?
Let me just say right now that I truly hope that this guy is successful but I seriously doubt he will succeed in replacing PicoSure laser tattoo removal. Why? Because the macrophage component is simply not enough of the story; it’s just a piece of it. Once ink is trapped within the fibrous connective tissues of the dermis it is impossible for the body to remove. That’s what gives tattoos their permanence. However, could this cream, or something like it, be an adjunct to PicoSure laser tattoo removal in the future? Very possible. The reasoning may have something to do with healing times. In some patients who heal their treated site very quickly, the ink is effectively “locked up” again just like when they first got the tattoo. I’m not a research nurse anymore but at some point researchers might investigate how this Canadian’s macrophage inhibitor improves clearances when combined with the PicoSure laser by slowing down the healing process to a degree.
The overwhelming number of tattoos in the world can be removed with the PicoSure laser given the health of the patient, commitment to the treatment regimen and other factors. If a tattoo can be cleanly removed in 3-4 PicoSure treatments over the course of several months then it’s probably preferable over a fade cream which might take years by itself and produce a less than aesthetically-pleasing result. If and when someone does come up with a better way to remove tattoos I’ll gladly move on to another career but until then, if you have a tattoo you want off quickly and cleanly 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.