“I’ve made a huge mistake.”
Broke up with your boyfriend and want to get that face tattoo removed? Ordinarily, that would mean that you’ve got a painful laser-removal process in your future. However, researcher Alex Falkenham of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia has been working on a cream removal process and it looks like it might actually work. According to the CBC:
Falkenham’s topical cream works by targeting the macrophages that have remained at the site of the tattoo. New macrophages move in to consume the previously pigment-filled macrophages and then migrate to the lymph nodes, eventually taking all the dye with them.
There are lots of removal creams on the market with dubious efficacy, but this one looks promising. Plus it might be cheap. The estimated cost is just 4.5 Canadian cents per treatment to remove a 10 x 10 centimeter square.
Before you get too hopeful about painlessly removing that tribal tattoo you got in the ’90s, keep in mind that FDA has yet to approve any of the current creams on the market and Falkenham is still in the testing phase.