Tattoo

Do you have any regrets permanently inked into your arm? A Canadian student may just have given you a get-out-of-jail-free card. Alec Falkenham has developed a new method of tattoo removal that allows you to get rid of regrettable tats by simply rubbing cream into them.

This Sounds Too Good To Be True, How Does It Work?

According to The Independent

“When you get a tattoo ink is injected into the skin. This in turn causes an immune response and cells called ‘macrophages’ move to the area to ‘eat up’ the ink. Some carry it away to the body’s lymph nodes but others over-eat and stay stranded in your skin, forming the tattoo.

Falkenham’s cream targets them by making new microphages arrive to consume the old ink-filled ones, starting the process from the beginning and causing the tattoo to slowly but surely fade.”

Here’s two regrettable decisions rolled into one. No longer do both have to be permanent, Britney’s hair grew back, and this tat could also just be a phase.

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“When comparing it to laser-based tattoo removal, in which you see the burns, the scarring, the blisters, in this case, we’ve designed a drug that doesn’t really have much off-target effect.” Falkenham told CBC. “We’re not targeting any of the normal skin cells, so you won’t see a lot of inflammation. In fact, based on the process that we’re actually using, we don’t think there will be any inflammation at all and it would actually be anti-inflammatory.”

It is safer than having lasers aimed at your skin, and should be a hell of a lot cheaper too. The cream is only in the testing phase and as such Falkenham isn’t sure exactly how many times you will need to use it, but he estimating £3 for an area of 10-centimetre by 10-centimetre.

That means even those people that are covered head to toe can have a sudden change of heart go back to their old selves for around £100.

Let’s hope that the rest of the testing goes well and this becomes a reality.

Image Credit: Gallery Hip, The Sun

H/T: The Independent, CBC

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