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Dermatology Research and Practice
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 982623, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/982623
Review Article

Z-Plasty Made Simple

Section of Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, Department of Dermatology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510, USA

Received 1 November 2010; Accepted 31 December 2010

Academic Editor: Daniel Berg

Copyright © 2010 Sumaira Z. Aasi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A Z-plasty is a critical and reliable technique that is useful for scar revisions and correction of free margin distortion. A Z-plasty can help lengthen a contracted scar, change the direction of a scar so that it is better aligned with the relaxed skin tension lines, or interrupt and break a scar for better camouflage. This article will review the technique of a basic Z-plasty as well as provide case examples of its use in free margin distortion and scar revision.