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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. nicolaskluger@yahoo.fr

Abstract

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.

Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

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