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Session Information

FOC U045 - Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Skin Adornments

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Sunday, March 23

CME Credits: 1.00

Location: Mile High Ballroom 3C

Time: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Director: Terrence A. Cronin, Jr., MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Distinguish different types of skin adornments including tattoos, body piercing, gauging, branding, etc.
  • Recognize potential side-effects from decorative skin adornments
  • Formulate treatment protocols including medical recommendations for inflammatory and infectious sequelae of tattoos and surgical repairs of traumatic removal of piercings from the skin.

Tattoos, body piercings, and other skin adornments, while misunderstood by many, have become quite popular in modern society. These practices have a long and fascinating cultural history that’s intriguing to every dermatologist and to all who study the human condition. When skin adornment side effects occur, dermatologists are the physicians people call upon. Both medical and surgical treatments will be discussed for a variety of problems including infections, inflammatory conditions, and scarring. Currently, dermatologists are best positioned to treat and educate patients whose tattoos, piercings and other decorative skin adornments are causing problems.