Tattooing over moles not a good idea

Recent study revealed possible delays in diagnosing a benign lesion turning to a malignant one and possibility of irritating a benign lesion into a malignant lesion while trying to remove it with laser tattoo removal. Scar camouflaging scars is still ok. "Tattoo ink can hide a malignant melanoma, and laser tattoo removal might encourage precancerous lesions to become malignant, doctors at Laserklinik Karlsruhe in Karlsruhe, Germany, say. The doctors report a case study of a man who refused to have a nevus excised before undergoing laser-assisted tattoo removal, only to find later that the lesion was malignant. "Tattoos should never be placed on pigmented lesions; if they are, the tattoos should not be treated by laser," the authors write. MedPage Today." Losing a Tattoo, Gaining a Tumor Published: Aug 1, 2013 | Updated: Aug 2, 2013 By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN