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Innovations
2023
:3;
5
doi:
10.25259/CSDM_147_2022

A modified razor blade for better finger grip during shave surgery

Department of Dermatology, Mukhtar Skin Centre, Katihar, Bihar, India
Corresponding author: Muhammed Mukhtar, Department of Dermatology, Mukhtar Skin Centre, Katihar, Bihar, India. drmmukhtar20@gmail.com
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How to cite this article: Mukhtar M, Mukhtar N. A modified razor blade for better finger grip during shave surgery. CosmoDerma 2023;3:5.

PROBLEM

A razor blade is one of the sharpest instruments used in shaving surgery.[1] However, it is difficult to handle due to its flexibility and poor finger grip, and there is a risk of finger injury.[2,3] Various modifications have been documented to increase the finger grip as of a DermaBlade, but all of these are equally cumbersome and a little expensive.

SOLUTION

We took a double edge razor blade (Topaz, 7 o’clock, Wilkinson Sword, 43 mm × 22 mm) and a needle holder, and both sides of the blade were bent by the needle holder by 30–45° to improve the finger grip and facilitate easy handling. These blades can be used for shaving larger lesions. To get a short cutting edge, the blade is divided lengthwise, and the sides are clipped and bent in the same way. These blades are used for shaving small lesions. Thus, these customized and modified razor blades can be a good alternative for shaving surgery of benign skin lesions [Figure 1a-c]. The blades can be held in a better way [Figure 2a-c]. With this blade, benign skin lesions can be cut or shaved, saucerized, and scooped easily due to its sharpness in comparison to commonly available surgical blades. The residual lesions, if any, on the margin, can be shaved with the blade or snipped with iris scissors [Figure 3a-c and Video 1]. The disadvantage of this device is that we can get a cut on our finger during its procurement. The lateral cutting edge of this blade can be trimmed to prevent finger injuries.

Figure 1:: (a-c) The sides of the razor blade (full and half) are bent with the needle holder for better finger grip.
Figure 2:: (a-c) The customized razor blades are held with fingers.
Figure 3:: (a-c) A melanocytic nevus is shaved with the blade.

Video 1:

Video 1:The melanocytic nevus is being shaved with the blade.

Declaration of patient consent

Patient’s consent not required as patients identity is not disclosed or compromised.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

Videos available online at

https://doi.org/10.25259/CSDM_147_2022

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Nil.

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