Management of tattoos in the operative field

Jeroen M. Smit, Karin Scheele, Oren Lapid, Maarten M. Hoogbergen

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Tattooing is increasingly common in Western society. The aim of the study was to create an overview of the surgical options when a tattoo is present in the operative site and to present an algorithm for the surgical plan.A literature-based study was conducted, using the Pubmed database. The following search terms have been used: "tattoo" in combination with "incision," "scar," and "surgery." Apart from the literature, we also used our own clinical experience with the tattoos.An overview is presented on the different options when a tattoo is at risk because of a surgical intervention. An algorithm is presented to help surgeons to choose the best option before the operation.By realizing that a tattoo can be of great value to a patient and by using surgical skills to preserve the tattoo as much as possible, it becomes possible to increase patient satisfaction in these difficult cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Aesthetic
  • Incision
  • Management
  • Operative field
  • Scar
  • Tattoo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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