Could tattoos be painless? New needle technology supposedly makes tats painless

Painless tattoos? The company Micro Biomedical, backed by a study by Georgia Institute of Technologysays it has developed painless and bloodless tattoos that can be self-administered.

After all, getting a tattoo can be a painful affair, depending on one’s tolerance for pain. What if there was a painless way to do it?

The new biomedical technology involves an inexpensive skin patch containing microscopic, ink-filled needles. The patch is pressed into the skin to apply the tattoo, and the “microneedles” can be arranged in different shapes to create a design, such as Digital trends reported.

“We’ve miniaturized the needle so it’s painless, but still effectively deposits tattoo ink into the skin,” explains Micro Biomedical CEO Mark Prausnitz.

The painless tattooing process was developed in medical tattooing. Medical tattoos often cover scars or restore nipples after breast surgery, among many other applications.

“This could be a way not only to make medical tattoos more accessible, but also to create new opportunities for cosmetic tattoos because of the ease of administration,” says Prausnitz.

A tattoo artist works on a customer’s tattoo.

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While it may not replace traditional tattooing, the new technology may represent another option for those who want to get tattooed but want to avoid pain.

“While some people are willing to accept the pain and time required for a tattoo,” muses Prausnitz, “we thought others would prefer a tattoo that simply presses into the skin and doesn’t hurt.”

The painless tattoos also have an advantage over traditional ones – they can be secret.

“The researchers even created patches that are sensitive to environmental factors such as light or temperature changes,” the study says, “where the tattoo will only appear with an ultraviolet light or higher temperatures.” The research paper also says the tattoos last at least a year and are “probably” permanent. Read the study here.

Prausnitz adds that Micro Biomedical’s “goal is not to replace all tattoos, which are often works of beauty created by tattoo artists. Our goal is to create new options for patients, pets and people who want a painless tattoo that is easily managed.”

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