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Dermatol Surg. 2012 Mar;38(3):424-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2011.02202.x. Epub 2011 Nov 2.

Rising concern over cosmetic tattoos.

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Department of Dermatology, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A rise in popularity of cosmetic tattoos has led to an increase in adverse reactions. Due to more pressing concerns, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not traditionally enforced its authority over tattoo inks.

OBJECTIVE:

To raise awareness of the dangers of cosmetic tattoos.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

We reviewed FDA policies regarding tattoo ink, different ink components, adverse reactions, and various treatment options for cosmetic tattoo removal.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

An increase in consumer complaints has prompted FDA investigation into tattoo inks and their safety. It is important that further complications be reported to the FDA to promote regulation of cosmetic tattoo inks.

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