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During tattooing, ink is injected into the skin. The ink initiates an immune response, and cells called "macrophages" move into the area and "eat up" the ink. The macrophages carry some of the ink to the body's lymph nodes. But some of those macrophages that are filled with ink stay put, embedded in the skin. That's what makes the tattoo visible under the skin.

Inkology works by targeting the macrophages that have remained at the site of the tattoo. New macrophages move in to consume the previously pigment-filled macrophages and then migrate to the lymph nodes, eventually taking all the dye with them.


There's no injection and no inflammation, and the tattoo just fades away.


Valentine's Day may prompt some people to consider etching their loved one's name permanently on their bodies, but what happens if you break up?


"When comparing it to laser-based tattoo removal, in which you see the burns, the scarring, the blisters, in this case, we've designed a drug that doesn't have much off-target effect,"


"We're not targeting any of the healthy skin cells so that you won't see a lot of inflammation. In fact, based on the process that we're using, we know there will be no inflammation at all, and it would be anti-inflammatory."

Medical References

The information provided on this website is derived from over one hundred (100) years of medical research relating to tattoo removal. During that period over six hundred (600) studies have been conducted on the subject of tattoo removal. That’s an average of six (6) studies per year for the last one hundred (100) years. If you live by a medical college you can visit their library or go online and read the study results below, plus many more.

1) D.A. Hudson & R.U Lechtape-Gruter
A Simple Method of Tattoo Removal.
South African Medical Journal; 1990 Dec 15;issue 78 (vol.12):748-9.

2) T.A. Piggot & R.W. Norris
The Treatment of Tattoos with Trichloracetic Acid: Experience with 670 Patients.
British Journal of Plastic Surgery; 1988 Mar; issue 41 (vol.2):112-7.

3) W. Claubaugh
Removal of Tattoos by Superficial Dermabrasion.
Archives of Dermatology; 1968 Nov;98(5):515-21.

4) W. Claubaugh
Tattoo Removal by Superficial Dermabrasion. Five-Year Experience.
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery; 1975 Apr;55(4):401-5.

5) M.D. Shie
A Study of Tattooing and Methods of Removal.
Journal of American Medical Association; 1928; 90:94-96

6) D.B. Apfelberg & G.H. Manchester
Decorative and Traumatic Tattoo Biophysics and Removal.
Clinics in Plastic Surgery; 1987 Apr;14(2):243-51.

7) H. Fogh, H.C. Wulf, T. Poulsen & P. Larsen
Tattoo Removal by Over Tattooing with Tannic Acid.
Journal Dermatology Surgery Oncology; 1989 Oct;15(10):1089-90.

8) E.M. van der Velden, H.B. van der Walle & A.D. Groote
Tattoo Removal: Tannic Acid Method of Variot.
International Journal of Dermatology; 1993 May;32(5):376-80.

9) C.R. Arellano, D.A. Leopold & B.B. Shafiroff
Tattoo Removal: Comparative Study of Six Methods in the Pig.
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery; 1982 Dec;70(6):699-703.

10) W. Cheng
Chemical Extraction Technique for Tattoo Removal.

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