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Book and Media Reviews
April 7, 2010

Dermatologic Complications With Body Art: Tattoos, Piercings, and Permanent Make-Up

JAMA. 2010;303(13):1314-1315. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.399

Tattoos and body piercings are enjoying a good deal of popularity in contemporary Western culture, becoming even more trendy in recent years.1 Such adornment may look quite alluring in a young person, but as the recipient approaches middle age or has a change of mind about the decoration, problems ensue—eg, tattoos blurring, pigment dropping down, or names of significant others no longer being significant. The initial process may lead to contact dermatitis, cutaneous infection, or even keloid formation, which may be immediately evident or delayed in affecting the recipient.

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