One question that is commonly asked at Remove a Tattoo is whether or not tattoo removal creams actually work. These creams sound really good. They promise to be cheaper than laser tattoo removal, less painful and can be done in the comfort of one’s own home. They can even be purchased at retail giants throughout the Milwaukee area such as Walmart or Amazon. The most important question though is do tattoo removal creams work?
The answer is no. Understanding why requires a little understanding of the skin. Tattoo ink is stored in the skin in the second layer, which is known as the dermis. The first layer is called the epidermis. The tattoo needle passes through the epidermis and deposits the ink in the dermis.
Tattoo removal creams are topical, meaning they can only target the epidermis. In order to reach the ink located in the dermis, a laser is required. The laser is used to break the ink into smaller particles, which is then removed by the body.
Tattoo removal creams may provide some bleaching effect on the skin, making the tattoo fade slightly. Tattoo removal creams have been known to cause burning, stinging, and scarring. Laser tattoo removal is a better option for anyone looking to fade or completely remove a tattoo.
The FDA agrees. An article published by the FDA, “Inked and Regretful: Removing Tattoos,” discusses tattoo removal methods and states that the FDA has not approved any creams and has not seen any clinical evidence that they are effective. The article also warns that tattoo removal creams can cause skin irritations.
We recommend you don’t waste your money on tattoo removal creams. If you are looking to fade your tattoo for a cover-up or looking to completely remove your tattoo, contact Dr. Brotzman at Remove A Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic serving the greater Milwaukee Area, at 414-617-2849 for a consultation today.