Ugeskr Læger 2011;173(1):34-39
Summary Tattoos in a dermatological perspective Ugeskr Læger 2011;173(1):34-39 Tattoos are very popular. Widely used standard industrial pigments are used. The field lacks basic knowledge concerning pigments, epidemiology and complications such as allergy, granulomas, skin cancer and foreign body reactions. The risks associated with laser treatment are unknown. Studies have suggested that some degradation products are carcinogenic. The field lacks formal regulation at national and European levels and EU had to give up attempts to control the area in 2003 because of lack of knowledge in the field.