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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-82

Anatomy and applications of the #15 scalpel blade and its variations

1 Department of Dermatology, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Indian Naval Hospital Ship (INHS) Asvini, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 International Traveling Mentorship Program (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [ASDS]/The Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League [DASIL]), IL, USA

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Dr. Indrashis Podder
Block AD-71, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700064
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_70_16

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Scalpels have been used to make skin incisions since the advent of “modern” dermatosurgery. #15 Scalpel blade and #3 handle (Bard-Parker handle) are most frequently used by a dermatosurgeon. Besides the proper equipment, appropriate technique is mandatory to ensure a “precise” incision. In this article, we discuss about the anatomy, variations, and different uses of the #15 scalpel blade and the ideal method of making a “precise” skin incision.

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