Cosmetic and reconstructive medical tattooing

Eddy M. Van Der Velden, Joël Defranq, Avraham M. Baruchin

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Purpose of review: Cosmetic and reconstructive medical tattooing techniques are being used with a higher frequency than ever before. The volume of scientific research into its basics, however, is too small to prevent the present occurrence of complications. This review shows that most of the recent articles on the subject are in fact case reports and that many of the complications described result from the failure to conduct more research. Recent findings: Recent findings include few and relatively unimportant new techniques, studies describing tattoo removal with laser, magnetic displacement and chemical irritants, more findings about infections and allergies, and complications with high field-strength magnetic resonance imaging scans. Summary: Recent literature contains very few useful studies because generally they are not supported by sufficient scientific research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2005


  • Laser removal of black pigment
  • Photo-allergic reactions
  • Reactions to re-tattooing
  • Sunlight and laser
  • Tattoo risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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