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New erasable tattoos invented 新可除式刺青問世

A woman shows off her back tattoo festival in Bangkok.
一名女子在曼谷刺青節中展示背部的刺青。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

Are you embarrassed by your tattoo of the name of your old girlfriend?

People have normally used lasers to remove tattoos that they don't want anymore, but it can take up to 12 treatments to erase normal tattoo ink. The process is expensive, often painful and sometimes doesn't completely remove the tattoo, leaving a white spot on the skin where the tattoo used to be.

But for those people who are willing to wait a little longer before getting their tattoo, help is on the way.

Scientists in the US have developed a range of new inks that will disappear with just one laser treatment, a British magazine has reported.

The inks have already been approved by the US government for use in medicine, cosmetics, food and medical supplies. Until now they have never been used in tattoos because the body absorbs them too easily and the tattoo disappears, but scientists have come up with a solution.

A team of scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has found a way around this problem by putting the ink in microscopic capsules.

The capsules are small enough to be injected into the skin to make the tattoo.

To get rid of the tattoo, a laser breaks the capsules open, and the ink goes into the skin where it is safely absorbed and disappears. (AFP)

你因為身上刺了前女友名字的刺青而感到尷尬嗎?

人們通常以雷射手術去除不再想要的刺青,不過卻得接受最多十二道療程來消除一般的刺青顏料。這段過程所費不貲,而且很痛,有時還無法完全移除刺青,讓皮膚原本的刺青處留下一塊白點。

不過對願意再等一陣子才刺青的人來說,解決方案就快出現了。

英國雜誌報導,美國科學家已研發出一系列的新顏料,只需一次雷射療程就可消失無蹤。

這些顏料已經得到美國政府的許可,應用在藥品、化妝品、食物與醫療用品上。這些顏料之所以迄今不曾應用於刺青上,是因為它們很容易被人體吸收而讓刺青消失,但科學家已想到解決之道。

波士頓麻州綜合醫院的科學家小組將顏料放入顯微膠囊內,解決了這種困擾。

這種膠囊小到可以直接注入皮膚內刺青。

要移除刺青,用一道雷射將膠囊劃開,顏料就會跑入皮膚內,被安全吸收而消失無蹤。 (法新社/翻譯:賴美君)

Reading Comprehension
閱讀測驗

1. Right now people remove tattoos with ...

a. cosmetics.

b. ink.

c. Iasers.

2. Why haven't people used this new ink for tattoos before?

a. It is poisonous.

b. It is too expensive.

c. It is absorbed too easily.

3. These new inks are already being used in ...

a. food.

b. paints.

c. pens.

4. Once the capsules are broken, the ink is absorbed by the ...

a. laser.

b. skin.

c. tattoo.


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