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Curr Probl Dermatol. 2015;48:61-70. doi: 10.1159/000369188. Epub 2015 Mar 26.

Complications of cosmetic tattoos.

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Department of Dermatology, AZ Sint-Jan, Brugge, Belgium.


Cosmetic tattoos, which are better known as permanent make-up, have become popular in the last decades. This same procedure can be used to camouflage pathological skin conditions, to mask scars and to complete the aesthetic results of plastic and reconstructive surgeries. The risks and complications of tattooing procedures include infections and allergic reactions. Scarring can occur. Fanning and fading of the colorants and dissatisfaction with colour and shape are not unusual. Different lasers can offer solutions for the removal of unwanted cosmetic tattoos, but complications due to the laser treatment, such as paradoxical darkening and scarring, can arise.

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