repair of a skin defect by the transposition of two triangular flaps of adjacent skin, for relaxation of scar contractures. Called also zigzagplasty.
Z-plasty, showing the direction of relaxed skin tension lines (arrow), desired position of final scar (dotted line), and the two flaps to be juxtaposed (a, b). From Dorland's, 2000.
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