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Dermatologic Complications with Body Art

Tattoos, Piercings and Permanent Make-Up

  • Christa De Cuyper
  • Maria Luisa Pérez-Cotapos S
  • Hands-on guide on how to treat complications arising from performing body piercing, tattoos and permanent make-up

  • Features step-by-step illustrations of different body art procedures (tattooing, medical tattooing, piercing, laser tattoo removal)

  • Includes a comprehensive update of the literature, with dedicated sections on adverse events and related therapies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Christa De Cuyper, Davy D’hollander
    Pages 21-48
  3. Christa De Cuyper
    Pages 49-71
  4. Maria Luisa Pérez-Cotapos S, Christa De Cuyper, Roberto Cullen
    Pages 73-99
  5. Christa De Cuyper, Maria Luisa Pérez-Cotapos S., Roberto Cullen
    Pages 101-119
  6. Christa De Cuyper, Rika Dubelloy
    Pages 121-138
  7. Evelien Verhaeghe, Christa De Cuyper
    Pages 177-201

About this book


Originally published in 2010, this book has since become one of the seminal works in the rapidly evolving field of body piercings, tattoos, and permanent make-up.  Authorities, body art professionals, and the general public have become increasingly aware of the risks associated with these practices and the need for better regulation. This second, extensively revised edition includes an update on the literature and focuses more on the epidemiology and classification of adverse reactions. In particular, it addresses recent findings on tattoo inks, their potential side effects and the initiatives being launched by regulating authorities to reduce the risks related to body art.

Dermatologic Complications with Body Art details tattooing procedures in line with the coming  European Standards on hygiene (CEN 435 in preparation-release 2018-2019) with extra attention to aftercare. The book features step-by-step video illustrations of different body-art procedures (tattooing, medical tattooing, piercing, and laser tattoo removal). Innovations including medical applications of tattooing are presented. Possible complications, including infections, granulomatous reactions, and allergies are discussed, while new insights on the pathogenesis of allergic reactions are illustrated with the help of recent research data. The book also presents the latest techniques and devices for tattoo removal, together with their risks and benefits. Richly illustrated with videos and pictures, it offers an indispensable guide for dermatologists, physicians and practitioners dealing with body art.


allergic reactions allergy epidemiology Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons cosmetic tattoos granulomatous reactions laser treatment management skin allergy dyes inks and pigments aromatic amines tattoo removal piercing permanent make-up PAH pigments

Editors and affiliations

  • Christa De Cuyper
    • 1
  • Maria Luisa Pérez-Cotapos S
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyAZ Sint-Jan BruggeOostende AVBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology, Clinica Las CondesUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile

About the editors

Dr. Christa De Cuyper is a Belgian dermatologist and has been working in the Sint-Jan General Hospital in Brugge for 35 years. She has extensive experience in laser treatment, particularly in tattoo removal. Dr. De Cuyper is a founding member of the European Society on Tattoo and Pigment Research (ESTP), organized the second congress on Tattoo and Pigment Research in Brugge, which brought together authorities and various stakeholders (scientists, manufacturers, retailers and professional users of tattoo and PMU inks), and has given invited talks on this subject at several international congresses (EADV, World congress of Dermatology , GERDA etc.). She has represented Belgium in both the CEN 435 project on hygienic standards for tattooists, and in the EC Consumer Safety Network subgroup on safety of tattoos and PMU.

Prof. Maria Luisa Pérez-Cotapos is a medical surgeon specialized in dermatology and based in Chile. She has been Head of the Dermatology Department, Clinica Las Condes (Santiago, Chile) since June 2015 and is currently an Associate Professor at Universidad de Chile. She acts as Director for the Universidad de Chile at Clinica Las Condes Dermatology Training Program for general practitioners, and as a consultant for the Chilean Ministry of Health’s tattooing, piercing and body art rules and regulations program. She is an active member of the Ibero-American College of Dermatology and coedited the first edition of “Complications of Body art: tattoo and piercing,” published by Springer. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dermatologic Complications with Body Art
  • Book Subtitle Tattoos, Piercings and Permanent Make-Up
  • Editors Christa De Cuyper
    Maria Luisa Pérez-Cotapos S
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-77097-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08369-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-77098-7
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIII, 201
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 165 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
  • Topics Dermatology
    Plastic Surgery
    Internal Medicine
    General Practice / Family Medicine
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