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How Tattoo Removal Works

        Health | Skin & Your Lifestyle

What is a Tattoo?

Let's quickly remind ourselves exactly what a tattoo is: A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on the body when pigment is inserted into the dermal layer of the skin through ruptures in the skin's top layer. (This is explained in detail in How Tattoos Work.)

Modern-day tattoos are applied by using an electric tattoo machine with needles that rapidly puncture the skin with an up and down motion not unlike that of a sewing machine.


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