A faster and painless tattoo technique developed by scientists

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Getting a tattoo could become painless.

SCIENCE – Want a faster, less bloody and above all less painful tattoo? It may be soon, thanks to a discovery by scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology whose results have been published in the journal iScience Wednesday, September 17. They have developed a patch that prints a pattern in the skin using microscopic needles. At first, this novelty will probably be for medical purposes. But the scientists do not hide it: they hope to offer new opportunities to tattoo parlors.

Because the technique has many advantages. The micro-needles, smaller than grains of sand, are made of ink and dissolve in the skin – the ink can be any color. It is possible to create the shape, symbol or phrase of your choice and do it yourself. The technique does not cause pain or bleeding.

“This could be a way to not only make medical tattoos more accessible, but also create new opportunities for cosmetic tattoos due to ease of administration”enthused in a press release Professor Mark Prausnitz, who led the work.

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 onto 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.

What’s more, 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”shade Mark Prausnitz. “Our goal is to create new opportunities for patients, pets and people who want a painless, easy-to-administer tattoo. »

In a medical setting, tattoos are sometimes used to conceal scars, guide repeated cancer radiation treatments, or restore nipples after surgery. They can also be used in place of wristbands to communicate serious medical conditions like diabetes, epilepsy or allergies, details the Guardian.

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