Granulomatous tattoo reaction induced by intense pulse light treatment.
Tourlaki A, Boneschi V, Tosi D, Pigatto P, Brambilla L.
SourceU.O. Dermatologia, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda-Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cosmetic tattooing involves implantation of pigments into the dermis in order to create a permanent makeup. Here, we report a case of sarcoidal granulomatous reaction to old cosmetic tattoos after an intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment for facial skin rejuvenation. We consider this case as a peculiar example of photo-induced reaction to tattoo. In addition, we hypothesize that an underlying immune dysfunction was present, and acted as a predisposing factor for this unusual response, as the patient had suffered from an episode of acute pulmonary sarcoidosis 15 years before. Overall, our observation suggests that IPL treatment should be used cautiously in patients with tattoos, especially when a history of autoimmune disease is present.
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