Z-plasty for scar contracture

Samuel Golpanian, Ariel Wolf, Wrood Kassira

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Z-plasty is a versatile reconstructive technique used to improve the functional and aesthetic properties of scars. In addition to release wound contractures, Z-plasties are useful for primarily closing tissue defects. Z-plasties are based on tissue flaps that are marked preoperatively and raised intraoperatively to create a new central limb scar with relieved skin tension. Certain preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative details, as described below, must be heeded to in order to prevent complications and successfully perform this procedure. Variations within this procedure exist in order to tailor to the specific needs of the reconstructive surgeon and the surrounding anatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOperative Dictations in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783319406312
ISBN (Print)9783319406299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Adjacent tissue transfer
  • Central limbs
  • Contracture
  • Defect
  • Flap
  • Lateral limbs
  • Release
  • Revision
  • Scar
  • Wound
  • Z-plasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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