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Ann Dermatol Venereol. 2012 May;139(5):369-74. doi: 10.1016/j.annder.2012.03.013. Epub 2012 Apr 21.

[Tattoos and dermatological, plastic and visceral surgery].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Allergology and Venereology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Helsinki, Skin and Allergy Hospital, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Meilahdentie 2, PO Box 160, 00029 HUS, Finlande.


The estimated prevalence of tattooed individuals in Europe and in France is around 10%. The current "tattooed generation" was born mainly between 1975 and 1986, and according to a recent German study, the "typical tattooed" individual is a 30-year-old male or female with a mean tattooed area of 300 cm(2) or over in 61% of cases and more than one tattoo in 65% of cases. As this population gradually ages, physicians will be increasingly called on to treat tattooed areas, either for surgical removal of the tattoo itself or for excision of a suspect lesion or skin tumour, or for incision of the skin in a setting of either elective or emergency visceral surgery. This review focuses on the surgical situations potentially arising in tattooed patients.

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