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Innovations
2023
:3;
13
doi:
10.25259/CSDM_1_2023

Surgical pearl: Modified Gillette Guard-1 blade for shaving surgery

Department of Dermatology, Mukhtar Skin Centre, Katihar, Bihar, India
Corresponding author: Muhammed Mukhtar, Department of Dermatology, Mukhtar Skin Centre, KMCH Road, Katihar-854105, Katihar, Bihar, India. drmmukhtar20@gmail.com
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How to cite this article: Mukhtar M, Mukhtar N. Surgical pearl: Modified Gillette Guard-1 blade for shaving surgery. CosmoDerma 2023;3:13.

PROBLEM

Razor blades are one of the sharpest cutting tools used in shaving surgery.[1] However, because of its poor finger grip and high flexibility, it is difficult to handle, and there is a danger of finger injury. Various modifications and adaptations have been proposed to enhance finger grips.[2] However, these adaptations are costly and inconvenient to procure.

SOLUTION

The blade we used was a Gillette Guard-1®, which has a better finger grip but less flexibility. The blade costs between 0.1 and 0.2 US dollars. The device has a single blade and a safety comb as a guard. The comb is cut and removed with the help of scissors. Then, the lateral cutting edge is wrapped with leucoplast as per the size of the lesions [Figure 1]. The blade is held with the thumb and index finger during shaving surgery [Video 1]. This device is simple to obtain and very safe for shaving small benign exophytic lesions such as seborrheic keratosis, dermatosis papulosa nigra, and warts, as well as taking a thin Thiersch’s graft with little or no risk of finger injury with or without its handle.

Figure 1:: The modified Gillette Guard-1 blade having better finger grip is used for shaving surgery.

Video 1:

Video 1:The modified blade is ready for shaving surgery.

Declaration of patient consent

Patient’s consent not required as there are no patients in this study.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

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References

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  2. . Shave biopsy instrument: An ergonomic modification of razor blade. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2020;13:255-6.
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