Why Do Old Tattoos Fade?By Pete On March 16, 2012 Under Posts
You get a tattoo when you are young and healthy and at the time it looks awesome. You can see all the colors and detail clearly. It is a work of art that makes you feel good just looking at it. Then time passes, and if you are lucky you get older. Things happen and it isn’t just your eyesight that is fading – it’s the tattoo. What happened?
A tattoo is basically ink pigment embedded into your dermis below your skin. The ink molecules are too large to be carried off by your immune system and unless disturbed, they lie inert in the dermis permanently. However, you haven’t fooled your body. The immune system knows something “foreign” is sitting there and to protect the body coats the pigments in cells over a number of years. This coating and covering over of ink is what causes a tattoo to fade or become blurry with time.
Another thing that can happen is the ink pigment may have been applied too deeply. The result, again over years, is a leeching into the fat cells beneath the dermis. Tattoo fading and blurring will be the result over time.
No matter how great that that looks new it will fade and blur over the years. You can’t fool your body and you can’t stop time.
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