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October 1985

Eyelid Tattooing: A Sign of the Times

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Salt Lake City

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(10):1469-1471. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050100045015

The sensational promoting of eyelid tattooing makes one wonder about the direction of our specialty and the value of the many years spent in professional training. It also prompts several questions: What would stimulate a large group of physicians, who have never shown any interest in cosmetic surgery, and a public, which has rejected tattooing on other parts of the body, to be swept away by the concept of eyelid tattooing before the techniques and devices are approved or even adequately tested?

See also p 1515.

What has happened to the scientific method of evaluation, objective reporting, responsible advertising, and, especially, responsible surgery in our specialty? Do we really want "scientific presentations" of new techniques placed first in consumers' magazines, newspaper articles, and television advertisements? Are we willing to accept, and thereby promote, commercial advertising as the introductory method for new and unproved techniques and instruments in medicine? Are we

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