We all have regrets we would love to forget, and some people have “ragrets”, but unlike regrets, ragrets will soon be removable and forgotten.
Alec Falkenham is a 27-year-old PhD student attending Dalhousie University. He has been conducting research on preventing scar tissue build-up in the heart; it is during this time that Falkenham found another incredible, and very surprising use for his new technology – tattoo removal.
As of right now, removing tattoos, as we know it consists of lasers, inflammation, a lot of money, and possible scarring. Falkenham’s tattoo removal system, however, consists of a topical cream, and will cost “$4.50 per application for a four-inch square area”, according to The Gloss.com.
This is music to the ears of anyone with a spring break tramp-stamp that wishes the tramp had stayed within the realm of spring break.
And, as if the concept of a simple painless cream that removes tattoos wasn’t enough, The CBC gives us an explanation on how remarkable our bodies are in the process of tattooing, and during the use of the tattoo removal cream:
“During tattooing, ink is injected into the skin. The ink initiates an immune response, and cells called “macrophages” move into the area and “eat up” the ink .The macrophages carry some of the ink to the body’s lymph nodes. But some of those macrophages that are filled with ink stay put, embedded in the skin. That’s what makes the tattoo visible under the skin. 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’s no injection and no inflammation, and Falkenham says the tattoo should fade away.”
No injection and no inflammation? This technology just keeps getting better and better! In fact, Falkenham thinks it will actually be an “anti-inflammatory”.
To further the good news – Falkenham is currently in the process of getting his product patented, and has secured funding to move forward with more research.
Thus far, testing of the cream has been done solely on the cute little tattooed pink ears of pigs. And, though testing has been successful, the question of how many applications it will take to fully and completely remove a tattoo, still remains.
There is still more research to be done before transforming this technology into a product that can be marketed and sold to the public. But, I get the feeling it will not be much longer before we see this as a viable solution to one’s “ragrets”. Know more.