Medical tattooing, also known as dermatography, is routinely used by plastic surgeons for nipple reconstruction after mastectomy.

The procedure also can be used to improve color mismatch and the appearance of scars and skin grafts after head and neck surgical procedures, although it is often overlooked.

A recent article published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery looks at the effects of scar and skin graft dermatography in the head and neck area on patient satisfaction and quality of life.