CT-AOR : Scalp Hair Tattoo : Australia, Victoria, Melbourne, Pascoe Vale : ID 20130421-5c6f

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Cosmetic Tattoo Adverse Outcome Report
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Report Provided By A Cosmetic Tattooist (who did not provide the initial treatment)
Date of Treatment 01/08/2010
Date of Adverse Outcome 01/08/2010
Country where the Cosmetic Tattooing was Provided Australia
State/City/Town/Suburb Victoria/Melbourne/Pascoe Vale
What was the Cosmetic Tattooists Qualification? Cosmetic Tattooist
Details If Other  
What is the First Major Adverse Outcome Category Wrong Colour
What is the Second Major Adverse Outcome Category Wrong Shape
What is the Third Major Adverse Outcome Category Asymmetrical or Uneven
Was Medical Treatment Required? No
Cosmetic Tattoo Treatment Provided Scalp Hair Tattoo
Details If Other  
Tattoo Machine/Technique Used Rotary, Coil Machine
Details of Treatment Client attended a cosmetic tattooist and requested scalp tattooing to simulate natural hair follicles in an attempt to conceal androgenic hair loss and wanted to achieve a short clipper cut appearance. Initially technician tattooed the scalp using a standard rotary pen, after a few weeks the client returned to the same cosmetic tattooist and apparently most of the pigment had not been retained, the technician then tattooed the clients scalp with a coil machine using a black ink/pigment. The clients hair transplant donor site scar was also tattooed.
Details of Adverse Outcome & Remedial Treatments

The hair transplant donor site scar had pigment migration giving the scar the appearance as if it had been completely coloured in. The pointillism's that had been applied to the hair loss zones on the clients scalp were far too large and have a blue hue. The distribution and size of pointillism's was also irregular and close proximity resulted in pigment coalescence.

The client attended requesting evaluation and correction, careful and painstaking correction of the colour of each individual pointillism was provided over a series of treatments over period of months. Over successive treatments the size of the pointillism's were reduced and de-emphasised using advanced technique. In total 5 corrective procedures were applied over a period of 9 months to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, the final result is approximately 80% of what could have been achieved if the service had been provided correctly in the first instance.

Clients Significant Medications None
Clients Significant Medical Complaints None
What Brand & Type of Pigments was used? Unknown
What Make and Model of Tattoo Device was used? Unknown
What Consumable Supplies were used? Unknown
Probable Cause of Adverse Outcome & Preventative Options It appears that the original technician was not adequately trained to provide the service and was using inappropriate; equipment, needles, pigments, and technique.

CosmeticTattoo.org Education Team Comments

This Report highlights the importance of undergoing training with an appropriately skilled Master Trainer prior to attempting these kinds of highly advanced procedures, scalp tattooing can be challenging to remove or correct.