Because it can act as a foreign body, increasing the risk of wound infection, hair should be removed as completely as possible with clipping 1 to 2 mm above the skin with scissors.12 Shaving the area with a razor damages the hair follicle, allowing bacterial invasion, and is associated with a tenfold increase in infection rates when compared with clipping. An alternative method to clipping is to use ointment or saline to clear hair away from wound edges. Hair should never be taken from the eyebrows, because of the potential failure of that hair to regenerate. Likewise, hair may provide good landmarks for alignment of wound edges during suturing, and removal at the skin-hair interface (eyebrows or scalp) should be avoided when possible.
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