Surgery Prep: Shave Cleanup With Mailing Labels

October 1, 2006
Ralph O. Bischof, MD

When I dry-shave patients in preparation for surgery or suturing, I find that a mailing label best removes the shaved hair.

When I dry-shave patients in preparation for surgery or suturing, I find that a mailing label best removes the shaved hair. These labels are large and have tackier adhesive than most medical tapes. Just peel off the backing and wrap the label around several fingers, adhesive side outward. The shaved hair sticks to it readily, and cleanup is quick.