Tattooing can be employed successfully for the correction of the following defects of the skin: flat scars on any portion of the integument; raised white scars, after previously having been flattened by excision or by an adequate roentgen treatment; pale grafted skin; lack of natural pigment; flat and raised scars on the lips, and paleness of the lips as a result of insufficient blood supply.
These defects are caused by: traumatic injuries, such as cut wounds, burns, removal of birthmarks, warts, etc., and an overdose of the x-rays or radium; skin diseases, such as epithelioma, lupus, etc., and idiopathic diseases, such as vitiligo.
The correction of these defects requires a paint of a certain color and shade. The color is sometimes composed of several paints by admixture, and other times only one paint is used. The different shades are produced by mixing an adequate quantity of black or white paint
FILIPS L. ARTISTIC TATTOOING IN DERMATOLOGY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1930;22(3):507–511. doi:10.1001/archderm.1930.01440150133014
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