In this procedure, the old scar is removed and new incisions are made on each side, creating small triangular flaps of skin.
These flaps are then rearranged to cover the wound at a different angle, giving the scar a "Z"pattern. The wound is closed with fine stitches, which are removed a few days
later. Z-plasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.
While Z-plasty can make some scars less obvious, it won't make them disappear. A portion of the scar will still remain
outside the lines of relaxation.
After scar revision
With any kind or scar revision, it's very important to follow your surgeon's instructions after surgery to make sure the
wound heals properly. Although you may be up and about very quickly, your surgeon will advise you on gradually resuming your normal activities.
As you heal, keep in mind that no scar can be removed completely; the degree of improvement depends on the size and direction of your scar, the nature and quality of your skin, and how well you care for the wound after the operation. If your scar looks worse at first, don't panic-the final results of your surgery may not be apparent for a year or more.
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