W-plasty

W-plas·ty

(plas'tē),
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.

W-plasty

(dŭb′əl-yo͞o-plăs′tē, -yo͝o-)
n.
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.

W-plas·ty

(plas'tē)
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.

W-plasty

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.
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Subsequently, a full-thickness skin graft was used to cover the defect, with W-plasty to prevent web space contracture.
The condition is treated surgically with W-plasty or transverse elliptical incision to excise the hypertrophic mucosa.
The medial scar was surgically excised via a W-plasty excision.