12. 27. 2006
Permanent (yet removable) tattoo ink
If you belong to the category of people who would love to have a tattoo on your body but have been scared of its permanency, here is some good news. Based on research done by scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Duke University, a company called Freedom-2 LLC will start offering a tattoo ink that can be easily removed completely after just one laser treatment.
Current methods of removing tattoos suffer from multiple disadvantages. The root cause is the inks that are mainly derived from substances used in car paints and printing. Since these inks are meant to leave a permanent effect, removal involves multiple expensive laser treatments and in many cases undesirable scarring. The Freedom-2 (F2) ink adopts a body friendly approach to solve this problem. The ink consists of biodegradable dyes encapsulated in tiny polymer beads, and the same traditional delivery methods are used to make a permanent F2 tattoo from it. Removal is done using a single laser treatment that breaks down the beads in the ink, allowing the body to naturally expel the dye contained within it.
The tattoos created using this ink will be qualitatively the same as the ones created now using traditional inks. Since the ink as such does not contribute significantly to the cost of getting a tattoo done, the additional cost of the F2 ink will not prove to be a damper. To be released in early 2007, this ink promises to give you a second chance without pinching your wallet or skin.