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To the Editor.—
I have used the new Clearon skin closures by Ethicon in my office for the past year and have not found them as satisfactory as Drs Stegman and Tromovitch indicated in their letter to the editor published in the Archives (113:1134, 1977). It has been my experience that wounds in the seborrheic areas or in areas of frequent facial movement tend to lose their Clearon skin closures within several days. If the closures are not lost, they are rolled up at the ends and are unsightly. They do not hold well when the patient sweats. I have found a much more satisfactory method of wound support that is both cosmetically elegant and unremovable by normal mechanical forces present on the skin. I use Skin-tone Steri strips (3M), or Skin-tone Micropore paper tape (3M). Prior to application of the Steri strips, the skin is painted with spirit gum.
Ely PH. More on Skin Closures. Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(1):125. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640130083029