This unit will give students the underpinning knowledge and practical skills to perform a range of cosmetic and reconstructive micropigmenation procedures. Topics will include infection control in skin penetration techniques, indications and contraindications for micropigmentation procedures, complications and the management of adverse events that arise from micropigmentation procedures, as well as the implications of using pigments in skin penetration for wound repair.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss and demonstrate an understanding of indications and contra-indications for micropigmentation;  
  2. Assess, recommend and perform appropriate micropigmentation techniques for a range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures;  
  3. Assess the implications for infection control in the use of skin penetration techniques;  
  4. Discuss and assess the implications for wound repair when using pigments inserted into the skin with skin penetration techniques;  
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology to design and undertake micropigmentation procedures; and  
  6. Perform a range of cosmetic and reconstructive micropigmenation procedures to the standard of a professional dermal clinician.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test 4 x 10 minute multiple choice online tests assessing theoretical knowledge Pass/Fail
Practicum Practical Examination (1 hour) Pass/Fail

Required reading

Dermatologic Complications with Body Art
de Cuyper, C. (Ed), Cotapos, M. L. (Ed) (2010)
Springer Link (electronic book)

Required Journals: Vassileva, S. & Hristakieva, E. (2007). Medical applications of tattooing. Clinics in Dermatology. 25, 367-374 Garg, G.,& Thami, G. (2005) Micropigmentation: Tattooing for medical purposes. Dermatologic Surgery. 31, 928-931 De Cyper. / 2008 / Permanent makeup: Indications and complications Clinics in Dermatology. 26, 30-34

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