If I have a tattoo that I want to have removed from my face, will laser or facial fade cream work?

I have a tattoo on my face that I would like to go away. Which would provide better results, laser or facial fade cream that you can purchase at a drug store?

Answers from doctors (3)


Unless the tattoo is cosmetic (eye liner, eyebrow or lip liner), they can be successfully treated with laser. Cosmetic tattoos may contain metal, which can change color (e.g., bronze or brown) with removal. Fade creams will not work.

Answered by Clean Slate Tattoo Removal at Vein Specialties (View Profile)

Unless the tattoo is cosmetic (eye liner, eyebrow or lip liner), they can be successfully treated with laser. Cosmetic tattoos may contain metal, which can change color (e.g., bronze or brown) with removal. Fade creams will not work.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Brooklyn Laser Tattoo Removal, Inc.

Published on Feb 24, 2016

Q-switched lasers are FDA approved for tattoo removal; creams are not. We see people with bad scars from other methods.

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Answered by Brooklyn Laser Tattoo Removal, Inc.

Q-switched lasers are FDA approved for tattoo removal; creams are not. We see people with bad scars from other methods.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Laser Treatment Center

Published on Feb 10, 2014

I am not familiar with fade cream, but just from a medical standpoint, I am not sure that something applied topically would provide much benefit in breaking up the ink pigment underneath the skin. With that, I would have to say try it. But be aware that it may not give you the results you desire.

Laser tattoo removal is a proven method of removing a tattoo, and the success rate is high. Much, however, depends on the tattoo itself. Some colors and some types of ink are removed more quickly than others. We use the PicoSure laser for tattoo removal. It is effective on most tattoos. Set up a consultation with a laser treatment center you trust and know are skilled. You might wish to look for one that removes tattoos via a variety of different lasers, including the PicoSure, so that you can compare.

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Answered by Laser Treatment Center

I am not familiar with fade cream, but just from a medical standpoint, I am not sure that something applied topically would provide much benefit in breaking up the ink pigment underneath the skin. With that, I would have to say try it. But be aware that it may not give you the results you desire.

Laser tattoo removal is a proven method of removing a tattoo, and the success rate is high. Much, however, depends on the tattoo itself. Some colors and some types of ink are removed more quickly than others. We use the PicoSure laser for tattoo removal. It is effective on most tattoos. Set up a consultation with a laser treatment center you trust and know are skilled. You might wish to look for one that removes tattoos via a variety of different lasers, including the PicoSure, so that you can compare.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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