CAN A TATTOO EX­PLODE?

iD magazine - - Nature -

Laser treat­ment to re­move a tattoo is not only very painful and ex­pen­sive, but also quite risky: The beam heats part of the pig­ment to more than 1,800°F while the rest re­mains cool, caus­ing the par­ti­cles to vir­tu­ally ex­plode. What re­mains can eas­ily be trans­ported away from skin. How­ever, de­pend­ing on the color the heat can pre­cip­i­tate the for­ma­tion of novel and po­ten­tially car­cino­genic com­pounds, which get dis­trib­uted through the body via lymph ves­sels.

DE­STROYED PIG­MENTS LASER

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