Surgery to alter the direction of a malaligned scar that is oriented perpendicular to the direction of regional skin creases to relieve a bandlike contracture and improve scar quality. The edges of the scar are excised as s series of angled cuts resembling multiple Ws; closure reorients the original scar. Compare: Z-plasty.
A procedure to prevent the contracture of a straight-line scar in which the edges of a wound are trimmed in the shape of a W and closed in a zigzag fashion.
Surgery to prevent the contracture of a straight-line scar; the edges of the wound are trimmed in the shape of a W, or a series of Ws, and closed in a zig-zag manner.
a technique in tension-relieving plastic surgery used mostly for the excision of unsightly scars. The edges of the excised part are left in the form of a zigzag and the triangles are interdigitated for suturing.