Anatomic Rubber Stamps of the Face and Body

Dermatologic Surgery

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1990 Abstract

Mohs FE, Snow SN, Kivett WF, Larson PO, Olansky DC, Goldman PM.


Anatomic rubber stamps of the face and body to document procedures in
dermatologic surgery: one picture is worth a thousand words.
J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1990 Mar;16(3):280-91.

Comment in:
J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1991 Nov;17(11):915-6.

Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Mohs Surgery Clinic, Madison.

Representations of the anatomic surface location of cutaneous lesions and the
surgical procedures performed on these lesions can be transferred to the medical
charts using simple anatomic rubber stamps (ARS) of the body. The technique is
exemplified with symbols to represent surgical excision, chemical face peel,
dermabrasion, micrographic surgery, and the harvesting of flaps and grafts. ARS
are also useful in liposuction surgery, punch grafts for pitted facial scars,
hair transplantation, sclerotherapy, laser surgery, and other cosmetic
dermatologic procedures. ARS are particularly valuable in micrographic surgery
for skin cancer because they help document the depth and breadth of cancer
invasion and aid in the follow-up of recurrent skin cancer, especially when
defects are reconstructed.