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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 90

of 'Tattooing in adolescents and young adults'

Management of tattoos in the operative field.
Smit JM, Scheele K, Lapid O, Hoogbergen MM
Ann Plast Surg. 2010;64(1):125.
Tattooing is increasingly common in Western society. The aim of the study was to create an overview of the surgical options when a tattoo is present in the operative site and to present an algorithm for the surgical plan.A literature-based study was conducted, using the Pubmed database. The following search terms have been used: "tattoo" in combination with "incision," "scar," and "surgery." Apart from the literature, we also used our own clinical experience with the tattoos.An overview is presented on the different options when a tattoo is at risk because of a surgical intervention. An algorithm is presented to help surgeons to choose the best option before the operation.By realizing that a tattoo can be of great value to a patient and by using surgical skills to preserve the tattoo as much as possible, it becomes possible to increase patient satisfaction in these difficult cases.
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Catharina Hospital Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. jermasmit@gmail.com