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Getting a tattoo could become painless.
SCIENCE – Do you want a faster, less bleeding and above all less painful tattoo? It could be soon, thanks to a discovery by scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology whose results have been published in the journal iScience Wednesday 17 September. They developed a patch that prints a pattern on the skin using microscopic needles. At first, this novelty will likely be for medical purposes. But scientists do not hide it: they hope to offer new opportunities to tattoo shops.
Because the technique has many advantages. Microneedles, smaller than grains of sand, are made of ink and dissolve into the skin: the ink can be of any color. You can create the shape, symbol or phrase of your choice and do it yourself. The technique causes no pain or bleeding.
“This could be a way not only to make medical tattoos more accessible, but also to create new opportunities for cosmetic tattoos thanks to the ease of administration.”Professor Mark Prausnitz, who led the work, enthused in a press release.
Tattoos that can be temporary
“Some people are willing to accept the pain and time it takes for a tattoo, we thought others might prefer a tattoo that is simply pressed to the skin and doesn’t hurt.”, he argues. Especially since today’s tattoo artists typically use large needles to pierce the skin, between 50 and 3,000 times per minute, a process that can be long and painful.
Furthermore, the study shows that tattoos can be permanent or temporary, depending on the ink chosen. “The goal is not to replace all tattoos, which are often works of beauty created by tattoo artists”shadow Mark Prausnitz. “Our goal is to create new opportunities for patients, pets and people who want a painless and easy to administer tattoo. “
In a medical setting, tattoos are sometimes used to hide scars, guide repeated radiation treatments for cancer, or restore nipples after surgery. They can also be used in place of wristbands to communicate serious medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy or allergies, details the Guardian.
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