LETTER TO EDITOR
Year: 2020 • Volume: 3 • Issue: 3 • Page: 68
AN INNOVATIVE SEMI-BIOLOGICAL DRESSING FOR THE SCALP
Sandip Agrawal1, Mithali Jage1, Aseem Sharma1, Rachita Dhurat1, Sradda Naidu Kona1, Shraddha Mahobia1 1Dermatology Department, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai – 22
Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai – 22
Common dermatological procedures which are performed on the scalp are epidermal cyst excision, follicular unit extraction, and shave and punch biopsies. 1Post-surgery, dressing the scalp area is tedious and messy. There is practically no solid, stable surface to support the dressing, or for it to adhere to. For a scalp dressing to last for a longer duration, the hair in area surrounding the surgery site has to be shaved off, so that the dressing can adhere to the underlying scalp surface efﬁciently. However, this is aesthetically unacceptable to many patients. We developed an innovative technique for scalp dressing, using this limiting factor, hair, to our beneﬁt.
The gauze is applied over the prepared surgical wound. Strands of surrounding hair are taken from all directions, and braided or
tied over the gauze piece. A step-wise depiction of the same is annexed herewith. (Figure 1) The principle of this dressing is to stabilize the gauze over the surgical wound with the help of a sling created by the surrounding hair. This eliminates the need to shave the hair to secure the dressing. Also, since the dressing gets camouﬂaged within scalp hair and is not visible externally, it is cosmetically appealing. The removal of dressing is also simple and involves untying of the hair strands, thus eliminating the discomfort of pulling out an adhesive bandage.(Figure 2)
Figure 1 :
A step-wise depiction of the dressing after scalp biopsy.
Figure 2 :
Dressing done at donor area after follicular unit extraction (FUE)
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