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10.25259/IJDVL_159_2022

Ready-to-use lip splint for post-operative dressing in blister grafting of vitiligo

Department of Dermatology, Vitals Klinic, Bengaluru, India
Department of Dermatology, Amanza Skin Clinic, Perinthalmanna, Kerala, India
Corresponding author: Dr. Karalikkattil T Ashique, Medical Director & Senior Consultant Dermatologist, Department of Dermatology, Amanza Skin Clinic, Perintalmanna, Kerala, India. ashique@amanzadermatology.in
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How to cite this article:Harish Prasad B.R., Ashique KT. Ready-to-use lip splint for post-operative dressing in blister grafting of vitiligo. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol doi: 10.25259/IJDVL_159_2022

Problem

Suction blister grafting is one of the most ideal surgical approaches to treat stable vitiligo of the lips.1 Retaining the intact graft over recipient area in immediate post-operative period is crucial for best results. The lip is a difficult site to retain both the graft and dressing, due to the inherent anatomical nature of this area.Additionally, movement during cleaning, talking and eating further complicates this.

Solution

We have been using an easily available mechanism to aid the retention of both graft and dressing over lips in the post-operative period. The removable plastic lock [Figure 1] that comes with pump type dispensing bottles of moisturisers and/or body washes works as a perfect splint to grip the dressing on lips without much compression. These are cheap, readily available and ethyleneoxide (ETO) sterilisable. It reminds the patients not to move their lips [Figure 2]. In patients with orthodontic braces worn on their dentition, this helps to keep the lips and dressing away and prevents them from getting entangled in the metallic parts. We suggest the use of this lip splint after other surgical procedures and local dressing in areas requiring immobilisation.

Figure 1:: The plastic lock that comes with commercially available medical and non-medical lotions. The elevated part on the outer rim is ground to give a smooth feel when placed on the lip.
Figure 2:: The mechanism in place. Lower lip blister graft dressing is done and the dressing is retained with the plastic device.

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

References

  1. , . A long-term follow-up and donor site changes evaluation in suction blister epidermal grafting done for stable vitiligo: A retrospective study. Indian J Dermatol. 2015;60:369-72.
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