Historically, tattoos have been painful to get and even more painful to remove. You can remove tattoos with laser treatments which will take several sessions and these are expensive and can leave your skin with little pigmentation.
A new development in tattoo ink could help solve this problem. It’s called removable ink, and while it is permanent while in the skin, one laser treatment is generally enough to completely remove it.
This new ink was developed by a company called Freedom-2, LLC and is based on research by scientists at Harvard Medical School and Duke University. It comes packaged in tiny polymer microspheres that remain intact while the ink is in the skin, but explode when hit with a laser.
The body absorbs the dissolved biodegradable ink, leaving no evidence of the tattoo. It doesn’t contain toxic substances and metals like iron and cobalt which could cause allergic reactions, making it safer than conventional inks.
Reports regarding this new, removable ink say that the ink is safer because it’s soluble (some are vegetable-based). Even though most people don’t prefer soluble tattoo ink, it remains permanent until the laser bursts the capsule.
Because of the encapsulation, the ink is expected to be more stable over time and it won’t migrate or fade. Currently, only black is available since the new ink was released in 2007.
Freedom-2 is trying to develop colorful removable inks and these would be slightly more expensive than the conventional ones.
Should you use removable ink than conventional ink? One obvious reason is that you may want to remove a tattoo at some point. Nearly 17% of the one in four American adults who have tattoos are considering removing them.
Not only will removable ink be a less painful experience in removing tattoos, it will also be less expensive. Above and beyond the convenience of removal, safety claims are also an important consideration if they can be substantiated.
When consulting with your tattoo artist on your next tattoo, it might be useful to inquire about removable ink. Even though the only available color is black, soon enough there will be more colors available. Even if your tattoo price is higher, you’ll at least have the option of removing it more easily.