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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 333-334
Modification in 26-gauge needle

Belle’ Skin Care & Laser Clinic, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

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Date of Web Publication26-Nov-2020


Needles are the most widely used medical device. A 26-gauge hypodermic needle is a simple hollow instrument; however, its use in dermatologic procedures are numerous. Needle can be used as a cutting instrument and can be used as an extractor. Here, I present a simple innovation that makes the grip of fingers firm over the needle and thus extraction of lesions becomes easy and faster. Insert the tip of the needle in the front portion of the lead pencil and one can hold the needle like a pen which makes the removal of lesions easy. The front portion of a pen is made up of metal and thus it can be sterilized in an autoclave. A video demonstration of this innovation is attached.

Keywords: 26-gauge needle, extraction, lead pencil

How to cite this article:
Nahata VL. Modification in 26-gauge needle. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2020;13:333-4

How to cite this URL:
Nahata VL. Modification in 26-gauge needle. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Oct 4];13:333-4. Available from:

   Introduction Top

Innovation is any change Big or Small that makes a difference.

Thomas Smith

A 26-gauge needle is a favorite and commonly used instrument among Dermatologists. As its diameter is less, it is less painful and thus can be used as a cutting instrument as well as an extractor. Charles Hunter, a London surgeon, is credited with the coining of the term hypodermic in 1858. The name originates from two Greek words “Hypo” meaning under “dermic” meaning skin.[1]

A 26-gauge needle is a very thin hollow tube with outer diameter (OD) of 0.47 mm and an inner diameter (ID) of 0.13 mm. The hole measures 0.45 mm and it is 13 mm long. It is used as an extractor, that is, with the help of needle a nick is made at the top of the lesion; thereafter, the contents are evacuated by moving the needle in a parallel fashion. It is used in the extraction of:

  1. Milia

  2. Small retention cysts

  3. Comedones

  4. Molluscum contagiosum

  5. Small foreign body.

It is easy to remove if the lesions are few. But the challenge in these procedures is tackling multiple lesions. Following are the shortcomings of using a 26-gauge needle while extracting multiple lesions:

  1. There is always pain, anxiety, needle phobia which makes them unpopular with children and adults.[2],[3] Therefore, a less painful and convenient system is required.

  2. Increasing needle length is also expected to increase pain. The likelihood of bleeding also increases.

  3. As the needle is long, the contents might pop out and litter the attire.

To overcome these shortcomings, the following modifications have been suggested:

A lead pencil has a tip made up of metal and is plated with chrome from the inner side.[4] This tip can be sterilized by autoclave [Figure 1]. 26-gauge needle [Figure 2] is inserted from behind in the tip of a lead pencil. Only the tip comes out of the hole. The modified instrument [Figure 3] and [Figure 4] with 26-gauge needle has the following advantages:
Figure 1: Tip of the lead pencil

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Figure 2: 26-gauge needle

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Figure 3: Combination of needle and tip of the pencil

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Figure 4: Actual photograph showing combination of needle and tip of the pencil

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  1. The base gives a good grip and thus multiple lesions can be tackled in the same sitting.

  2. The depth of the needle is controlled while extraction and thus it is relatively painless.

  3. The needle does not kink.

  4. The friction is minimal; thus, the needle does not become blunt immediately.

Thus, this technique is easy to master and is very affordable [Video 1].

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   References Top

Deacon B, Abramowitz J Fear of needles and vasovagal reactions among phlebotomy patients. J Anxiety Disord 2006;20:946-60.  Back to cited text no. 1
Hanas R Reducing injection pain in children and adolescents with diabetes: A review of indwelling catheters. Pediatr Diabetes 2004;5:102-11.  Back to cited text no. 2
Kotwal A Innovation, diffusion and safety of a medical technology: A review of the literature on injection practice. Soc Sci Med 2005;60:1133-47.  Back to cited text no. 3
Deli FC “Pencil” (U.S. Patent No. 1,552,123 issued September 1, 1925). Available from:  Back to cited text no. 4

Correspondence Address:
Vaishali Laleshkumar Nahata
Belle’ Skin Care & Laser Clinic, Ahilyadevi Holkar Marg, Mumbai Naka, Nashik 422002, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_23_20

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