The Eraser System

The ERASER™ System is a new and unique approach to tattoo removal. It will be the first effective, painless, single treatment tattoo removal system which approaches 100% particle removal from the skin while safely avoiding the side-effects of laser tattoo removal including scarring, skin color bleaching, shadow tattoos or absorption by the body of harmful minerals or chemical elements. The ERASER™ System and its new and patent pending “Cell Lysing Energy And Removal Integrated Technology” CLEARIT process is the future of tattoo removal. It has been described as “un-tattooing.” The Fundamental principles behind the CLEARIT Process are dislodgement of the tattoo ink particles from their biological anchors, mobilization and for the first time, near complete extraction of the ink particles from the skin. The projected result is effective (a tattoo that is rendered visibly imperceptible) removal that can be performed in a single treatment session at a low cost. It also avoids the possible adverse effects from having additional freed tattoo ink particles gain access to the body’s lymphatic system and beyond. The CLEARIT process functionally works as the reverse of the tattooing process. The practicing physician essentially erases the tattoo from the skin. A market comparison of the ERASER™ System versus laser tattoo removal highlights the enormous market potential of the CLEARIT process.

About Tattoos

Tattooing, or body art, is a 7,000-year-old art form. It is an important and widely recognized form of self-expression. In the US, approximately 45 million people (14% of the total population) have at least one tattoo. For those between the ages of 26 and 40, according to a Harris Poll, the percentage increases to greater than 50%. It is estimated that in the US $1.65 billion dollars is spent annually on tattooing.

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But, as we grow older our impulsive desire for visible forms of self-expression can change into tattoo regret. A study by Northwestern University identified that approximately 20% or more of those with tattoos have some form of tattoo regret. Full and complete tattoo removal, in spite of the expanding use of painful, costly and often ineffective laser tattoo removal techniques, remains elusive. The science of tattooing is becoming more established. Tattooing is the mechanical insertion of ink particles into the skin (Picture 1). During the tattooing or “inking” process a portion of the ink is excreted back out of the skin. An additional amount of the ink is absorbed by the body into the lymphatic system, the future impact of which could be harmful to your health. The remaining particles are trapped in the skin and form the tattoo. About 70% to 80% of the particles that form the tattoo are engulfed by tissue macrophages (Picture 2). Tissue macrophages are derived from circulating monocytes and function to engulf and digest infectious organisms and foreign bodies, like tattoo ink particles. These macrophages act like an anchor holding the particles from entering further into the body. It is this biological reaction of the body that makes tattoo removal challenging and potentially unhealthy for laser tattoo removal but is the beginning of the ERASER™ System and its unique removal process.

Tattoo inks are un-regulated, regulated products. The US FDA has specific regulations regarding the manufacture and marketing of tattoo inks but chooses not to enforce these regulations. The FDA and medical practitioners have noted that many ink pigments used in tattoos are equivalent to industrial strength colors suitable for printers’ ink or automobile paint. Tattoo inks, which are manufactured and marketed under branded names (Picture 3) ink colors and “home brews” are made from iron oxides (rust), metal salts and plastics. Materials in tattoo inks include but are not limited to carbon, mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, titanium, copper, iron, barium, ferrocyanide, ferricyanide, azo-chemicals, naptha-derived chemicals, antimony, arsenic, beryllium, calcium, lithium, selenium and sulfur – many of which can be harmful to the tattoo wearer. Laser tattoo removal is the use of resonant frequency to free trapped tattoo ink particles from their cellular captors in the skin. Dermatologists (mainly) can use a plethora of lasers to match the frequency according to the size, composition, color and depth of the particles. No one single laser can treat all of the colors used in modern tattooing. The dislodged particles are absorbed and carried away by the body’s lymphatic system.

Laser tattoo removal, however, is an inexact process. The matching of laser frequencies while complicated in single color tattoos is significantly more challenging in complex, three-dimensional, multi-color tattoos (Pictures and Diagram 4 below). Other issues of laser tattoo removal include pain and substantial heating of the skin. It also requires many time consuming, costly treatments for “effective” removal, which limits access to it. Despite this, laser tattoo removal is rarely completely effective and leaves residual shadow tattoos, depigmentation and scarring. Finally, as previously stated, absorption of additional tattoo ink particles is considered to be potentially harmful.

Advancement in the art of tattooing makes laser tattoo removal nearly impossible

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