74th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 21, 2021 — November 23, 2021)

V0083: Skin deep: visualization of tattoo injection

  • Idera Lawal, Texas Tech University
  • Pankaj Rohilla, Texas Tech University
  • Jeremy Marston, Texas Tech University
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/APS.DFD.2021.GFM.V0083

Near one-third of Americans have a tattoo, and the tattooing process is now being explored as a means of delivering drugs to the skin. However, the mechanisms of depositing (i.e., how the ink or drugs actually get into the skin tissue) are poorly understood. We have used high-speed imaging to visualize the tattooing to reveal some fundamental insights to help us better understand the process.

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