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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 338-339
Ready-to-use device for dermabrasion in vitiligo surgery

1 Department of Dermatology, Amanza Skin Clinic, Perinthalmanna, Kerala, India
2 Faculty of Dermatology, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
3 Medical Trust Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India

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Date of Web Publication26-Nov-2020


Adequate dermabrasion of recipient site is a crucial step in vitiligo surgery. We suggest the use of a commercially available mechanized abrader as an economical and efficient tool for dermabrasion especially in resource poor settings.

Keywords: Cellular grafting, dermabrasion, vitiligo, vitiligo surgery

How to cite this article:
Ashique KT, Kaliyadan F, Jayasree P. Ready-to-use device for dermabrasion in vitiligo surgery. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2020;13:338-9

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Ashique KT, Kaliyadan F, Jayasree P. Ready-to-use device for dermabrasion in vitiligo surgery. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Oct 3];13:338-9. Available from:

   Challenge Top

Vitiligo surgery is now being taken up in many centers even where resources are poor, and various simple techniques have been described for the preparation of the recipient skin.[1],[2] Optimal dermabrasion is the key to good results, and it is cumbersome when large lesions need to be operated.

   Solution Top

We use a mechanized abrader, which is readily available in online stores. It is intended primarily for pedicures (called electric callus remover) and can be easily sterilized by ethylene oxide method [Figure 1]A. The machine works on 5 V, and it can be operated by power banks used for mobile phone charging [Figure 1]B. It can easily dermabrade the surface, and prepare the bed for cellular grafting and similar procedures [[Figure 2], Video 1]. It is cheap, easily sterilizable, and battery operated. Also, it does not run as fast as the motorized dermabrader, so even amateurs can take up procedures at ease.
Figure 1: (A) Dermabrasion device after ethylene oxide sterilization. (B) The mechanism ready and connected to a power bank

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Figure 2: (A) Vitiligo patch on the right forehead. (B) Appreciable pin point bleeding on the dermabraded site. (C) Lesion recovering with normal pigmentation

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   References Top

Al-Hadidi N, Griffith JL, Al-Jamal MS, Hamzavi I Role of recipient-site preparation techniques and post-operative wound dressing in the surgical management of vitiligo. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2015;8:79-87.  Back to cited text no. 1
Ashique KT, Kaliyadan F, George RR Dermabrasion of the recipient skin in vitiligo surgery: an easier way out. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2018;84:498-9.  Back to cited text no. 2

Correspondence Address:
Karalikkattil T Ashique
Department of Dermatology, Amanza Skin Clinic, Perinthalmanna 679322, Kerala.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_28_20

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