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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 185-186
Surgical pearl: disposable syringe as modified customized comedone extractor

1 Mukhtar Skin Centre, Katihar Medical College Road, Katihar, India
2 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, Ambala, India

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Date of Web Publication21-Jul-2022


The conventional comedone extractors available are not able to evacuate contents properly, because of their vertical pressure. So, the comedone extractor which can exert pressure simultaneously in vertical and oblique direction for complete evacuation is the need of the hour.

Keywords: Comedone, customized, disposable syringe, dragged, extraction punching

How to cite this article:
Mukhtar M, Gupta S. Surgical pearl: disposable syringe as modified customized comedone extractor. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2022;15:185-6

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Mukhtar M, Gupta S. Surgical pearl: disposable syringe as modified customized comedone extractor. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Oct 1];15:185-6. Available from:

   Problem Top

Comedones are elongated or oval keratinous plugs that reside in the elongated pilosebaceous canals in seborrheic areas of body which are more commonly open at an angle of 20–30 degrees to perpendicular axis (rather than vertically).[1] Disposable syringe was used earlier vertically for extraction of contents of comedones from cysts.[2] For proper extraction of keratinous material of comedones, there is a need for an elongated or oval comedone extractor that should be pressed and dragged in an angulated manner instead of only pressing vertically over the lesion.[2] Therefore, we advise the use of a modified needle hub of a disposable syringe for better extraction of contents of acne comedones.

   Solution Top

We took a disposable syringe (3 ml) and sliced its needle hub smoothly with a sterile surgical blade at an angle of 30–45 degrees (which can be less but not more than 45 to lessen the pressure trauma over the site) to make its punching end slightly inclined so that the surface of the punching end (i.e., rim) is oval to elongated in shape [Figure 1]. The comedones, papules, pustules (and small nodules) were opened/dilated under aseptic conditions with a hypodermic needle as standard procedure. Then the modified syringe is placed over the lesion, keeping its opening within the rim of the punching hub. With the syringe in place, the lesions are pressed with this syringe, and dragged [[Figure 2] and [Video 1 [Additional file 1]]. There is no incidence of prick or puncture injury and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. During the procedure, bleeding is less and if it is there, it should be hemostasised as soon as possible to avoid post-procedure hyperpigmentation.
Figure 1: Disposable syringe needle hub is modified to customize for comedone punching

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Figure 2: The comedone is pressed and dragged with the modified syringe needle hub

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Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form, the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

   References Top

Lee SJ, Hyun MY, Park KY, Kim BJ A tip for performing intralesional triamcinolone acetonide injections in acne patients. J Am Acad Dermatol 2014;71:e127-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
Kim JY Disposable syringe punching: An aseptic alternative to a comedo extractor. J Am Acad Dermatol 2020;83: e175-6.  Back to cited text no. 2

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Muhammed Mukhtar
Mukhtar Skin Centre, Katihar Medical College Road, Katihar 854105
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_112_21

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