The vast vast majority of this blog is dedicated to providing young adults with a wealth of information about joining the military.
However, every once in awhile, we post a review of a product or service that we think could benefit someone thinking about joining the military.
This is one of those articles.
A few months back, we posted an article about the tattoo policies for every branch of the military.
Since then, we’ve gotten a TON of emails of guys and gals asking what they can do about their tattoos.
They want to join the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines, but have a tattoo in an area that would make the ineligible to join.
I did a bit of research to see what can be done, and from what I can tell you have a few options:
1. Laser Tattoo removal (the best option, but can be very expensive)
2. Tattoo removal Creams (from what I can tell, don’t work for s$%t)
3. Cover up (not possible in the military)
4. At Home Tattoo Removal Kits
Which is how I came across a product called the Neatcell Picopen.
What is the Neatcell Picopen?
Officially known as the Neatcell Picosecond Laser Pen scars and spot removal, this particular product claims to be a powerful, yet safe, alternative to laser tattoo removal.
Made by a company called Dewin, it’s an at-home tattoo, mole, and freckle removal product.
Like traditional laser tattoo removal, the Neatcell Pen uses laser technology to break down the ink particles in your tattoo into smaller particles.
Immediately after breaking down these particles, the body will remove them from the skin.
Over time, the manufacturer claims you will see a drastic reduction in the tattoos appearance.
How exactly does it work?
Called the Pico Effect, the photoacoustic effect of discovery pico fragments the tattoos ink in very small particles (PICO dusting effects), which subsequently will be eliminated by the body’s immune system.
Generally speaking, it should take about 6 – 8 sessions to full remove your tattoo.
Obviously this depends dramatically upon a number of factors, including:
- Whether you have black or colored ink
- The size and shape of your tattoo
- The tattoos location
- The output setting you’re using. The higher the output, the faster the results.
What do the reviews have to say?
When we originally wrote this review, reviews for the Neatcell laser were mixed.
Some said it worked great, while others said it didn’t do a thing.
As time has gone on, it’s become apparent that it indeed does NOT work as well as they originally claimed.
First, here’s a few of the more positive reviews we came across during our research:
Wow! It worked on my tattoo…I’m shocked this laser pen works!
This product does what it says….it removes tattoos and skin spots.I have a ring tattoo that I have spent $450 on 3 separate laser removal sessions. The last one did very little, so I decided to try this. The first treatment appears to have removed about 10% more, and it didn’t hurt nearly as much as I thought it would. I also tried this on a few skin growths and they are now gone! Happy with my purchase and I would recommend.
This product delivers! I have had this for like 2 weeks, and have used it 2 times a day for 5 min. at a time. My skin is brighter, my pore size has diminished, I’m producing less oil, and my overall skin tone has tightened up my face. I couldn’t be more pleased! This has been worth every penny!
Regarding their overall customer service and experience, a Facebook reviewer named Amy said the following:
‘Mike and his team are amazing. They are incredibly knowledgeable and will completely inform you of the procedure and science behind it. I recommend go tattoo for all your laser removal needs.’
Another reviewer named Genesis expressed similar sentiment, noting the following:
“I was nervous & worried about wasting my money trying to do this. But Kendra was very thorough at explaining things & made me feel comfortable. After only 1 treatment I’m feeling positive this will be worth the $.”
Now come the negative reviews, here’s a few of the more concerning ones:
This one, posted just last week, put it a little more succinctly:
Lastly, this reviewer said they bought 3 pens, and none of them have worked:
There are a few decent Youtube videos talking about how effective it is, as well as showing how to use the product.
In one particular Vlog, a girl actually went through the process of using Neatcell to remove a neck tattoo.
Here’s one of her vids:
This is the only video she posted showing her using the product, so we have no idea whether or not it completely removed the neck tattoo.
Is This Safe?
The million dollar question on most peoples minds is likely the following: is it safe?
To get a more accurate answer, OMK spoke with Dr. Olgeta Xhufka, a board certified General & Family Physician.
We specifically asked her if at home laser tattoo removal pens, like the Neatcell Picosecond pen, are safe, effective, and what the risks are.
Here’s what she had to say:
In short, yes these types of tattoo removal kits are safe when used properly.
While you can use either one at home, I would recommend you use the Red one vs. the Blue.
Red light is “less harsh” than blue light, with the latter better used in a salon or other controlled environment.
Red light pens are also safer because they use a lower frequency, and aren’t as powerful as blue light.
Some of the risks associated with laser treatments like this including redness, swelling, and scarring if not used according to the product insert.
Also, one thing you want to be sure of is to avoid pointing it at your eyes! It can cause the retinas to burn, and can cause permanent retinal damage through prolonged exposure.
It looks like (Neatcell) provides eye protection for this, so make sure you use it!
The bottom line is, if you use it according to the directions, you can certainly use this to remove a tattoo.
Before & After Pictures
I was very skeptical of this at first, but once I started seeing the before and after pictures I was 100% sold that this can work.
Check out some of these before and after pics from people that have used the Neatcell laser:
Pros And Cons
- Way cheaper than laser tattoo removal
- Can do it from the comfort of your own home
- Relatively inexpensive when compared to the alternatives
- Backed by a 30 day money back guarantee
- Some users report painful sensations when not using appropriately (see below on how to combat this)
- Instructions aren’t crystal clear to the layman
- User report that the device is “very loud”
- May take longer than traditional tattoo removal
Where To Buy
You can find the Neatcell Picosecond pen for sale directly on their official website, or on Amazon (preferred method).
It retails at around $94.95, and they include free shipping as well.
If you buy it on Amazon, you’re also protected by Amazon and can return the unit and get a full refund.
I HIGHLY recommend you pick up some numbing cream that uses lidocaine or benzocaine, both topical anesthetics.
Many users report pain during use, and the numbing cream will completely eliminate this pain, while still effectively removing the tattoo.
Here are 2 of my favorites:
- Ebanel Numb520 ($15.68)
- Dr. Numb (REALLY strong, you will feel nothing!)
You will be glad you did!
Laser Tattoo Removal Vs. The Neatcell Picopen
|Laser Tattoo Removal||Neatcell Pen|
|How long:||4 - 6 sessions||6 - 8 sessions|
Traditional laser tattoo removal in a dermatologists office can be VERY expensive.
Originally, we thought this product was worthy of giving a shot.
With that said, since we originally posted this, there’s been a ton of revelations:
- Finding where to buy the actual real and authentic Neatcell has become nearly impossible
- Many reviewers have sent in complaints that it simply does not work
- When it does work, it takes a really long time to see good results (like dozens of sessions)
- It has the potential to burn you or otherwise disfigure your skin if you don’t use it properly
- The instructions are not very clear, to say the least
If you have a tattoo in a location that will keep you from signing up for a particular branch of the military, I highly recommend you pass up on Neatcell and visit your local dermatologist.
They will better be able to guide you to safe and reliable tattoo removal methods.
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