[Sunlight-induced granulomatous reaction to permanent lip liner]

Hautarzt. 2005 Jan;56(1):63-5. doi: 10.1007/s00105-004-0781-9.
[Article in German]


The demand for permanent make up and especially permanent lip liner has increased in recent years in Germany. Information about complications is not available in the medical literature, because tattooing is a trade whose results and problems are not monitored and documented, as is the case for medical procedures. A female patient with permanent lip liner experienced no complications for one year. Then, after intensive sun exposure she developed solid, linear papules along the outer margin of her lips. Histology revealed a granulomatous tissue reaction with a marked lymphohistiocytic infiltrate including epithelioid histiocytes. Treatment with topical steroids over three weeks led to a complete healing without relapse. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report on UV-light-induced granulomatous reaction to permanent lip liner.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Granuloma / etiology*
  • Granuloma / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Lip Diseases / etiology*
  • Lip Diseases / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiodermatitis / etiology*
  • Radiodermatitis / pathology*
  • Sunlight / adverse effects*
  • Tattooing / adverse effects*