Tattoos used to be a rare site, other than those you saw on the arms of war veterans. Today though, it seems everyone has at least one. Some are pieces of well-done art, others, not so much. If you were unfortunate enough to get inked during a mindless, drunken moment, or soberly received a tattoo from an artist who couldn’t spell, your options are painfully limited for eliminating it. Either endure another tattoo cover-up to fix an error, or suffer through expensive and painful laser removal.
Well, good news tattoo nightmare sufferers. A college student at Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University is working on an inexpensive and painless solution. A cream composed of simple chemicals that free the cells in which the permanent dyes attach themselves to results in the unwanted tattoo fading away. The designer of this topical cream, Alex Falkenham, says when the user applies the ointment, the tattoo disappears, as the immune system flushes the dyes from their system.
In comparison to numerous laser removal sessions that can cost thousands of dollars, Falkenham estimates that his cream removal method would only cost about $4.50 to remove a 3.9 x 3.9 inch sized tattoo, which is pretty cheap if you ask Guimaraes. With further testing, he hopes to soon have the means to remove traditional ink tattoos that is as simple and painless as eliminating a child’s temporary tattoo.