One of the most common questions we are asked is whether or not the "tattoo removal creams" that you see and hear about actually work or not. The short answer is "No". We have so many people who come to us who have tried the creams and tell us that they tried that product and it was absolutely a waste of time and money. The wrecking balms, as they are called, claim to get rid of the ink from the tattoo. But as we have written before, anything that you apply to your skin only goes to the top layer of your skin, the epidermis. The ink from tattoo are not in the top layer, otherwise, the tattoo would go away after you wash your skin so many times. The ink is deeper inside. The only way you can deliver a cream to the area is if you actually got rid of the epidermis and went into the dermis.
Most of us know what happens when you strip the skin of the epidermis: It hurts! You reach the dermis which has blood vessels and nerves. Ever cut yourself or get a paper-cut? If there was bleeding, you went through the epidermis and reached the dermis. If you didn't bleed, you only went epidermis-deep. So how can a cream go through the epidermis to reach the dermis and then get rid of the ink there?! That is why the wrecking balms don't work.
So what about the laser? Well, to put it in simple terms the laser penetrates the epidermis and goes to the dermis where the ink is sitting and it "blasts" the ink into smaller pieces. It doesn't cut or damage the epidermis. Contrary to what you may have heard about laser tattoo removal, the laser actually doesn't cause any bleeding. It is a bit uncomfortable. Some patients describe it as a feeling of being zapped with a rubber-band. But we cool the skin, so it reduces the discomfort.
Why waste your time and money with things that won't get rid of your tattoo? Laser tattoo removal is your best option.
If you have any questions regarding laser tattoo removal, call us at 407-494-0404 for a free consultation. We proudly serve the Orlando area.
Pristine Laser Center in Orlando offers tattoo removal, laser hair removal, laser vein removal, laser skin rejuvenation, acne scar treatment, laser skin resurfacing, age spot/ sun spot removal, laser treatment of vascular lesions and much more.