Tattoos & Color Retention


Tattoos performed with fine needles introduce color pigments into the dermis (corium). They are visible because the overlying epidermis (outer skin) is very thin so the pigments show through. In addition, the individual ink particles are too large to be removed by macrophages via the lymphatic system. therefore remaining in the skin tissue. The amount, arrangement and color choice of tattoo ink then determines the visible skin.