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Z-Plasty Scar Revision

A Z-Plasty scar revision reduces the appearance of scars by altering the linear scar appearance into a jagged shape less perceptible to the human eye.

Z-Plasty Scar Revision

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

10 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Minor Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$200 - $3500

The Specifics


What is Z-Plasty scar revision?

A Z-Plasty scar revision is a minor plastic surgery revision procedure to reduce the appearance of overly prominent scars due to a depressed, raised, or discolored appearance. Numerous types of scars may benefit from this plastic surgery including hypertrophic scars, facial scars, burn scars, and contractures.

A Z-Plasty scar revision surgically reopens a linear scar, and repositions the tissue into a more jagged appearance with more relaxed skin tension lines on the scar tissue so it is harder to detect with the human eye. A Z-Plasty scar revision can be used in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

What cosmetic concerns does a Z-Plasty scar revision procedure treat?

  1. Scars: The surgical technique of z-plasty creates relaxed skin tension lines and less noticeable scar tissue to reduce the appearance of scars.

Who is the ideal candidate for a Z-Plasty scar revision procedure?

The ideal candidate for a Z-Plasty scar revision is dissatisfied with the appearance of a scar and understands the limitations of the procedure. Z-Plasty scar revision is not recommended for those who smoke and are unwilling to quit, and those with active skin infection or skin disease. Z-Plasty scar revision is used with caution in individuals with a history of keloid scarring.

What is the average recovery associated with a Z-Plasty scar revision procedure?

Most patients recover within one to two weeks following a Z-Plasty scar revision. Swelling and redness mostly resolve during this time. The scar will continue to heal over several months to one year. Limited sun exposure and diligent skincare will facilitate and enhance healing and results.

What are the potential side effects of a Z-Plasty scar revision procedure?

Possible side effects following a Z-Plasty scar revision include infection, bleeding, prolonged swelling, discoloration, and pain.

What can someone expect from the results of a Z-Plasty scar revision procedure?

The results of a Z-Plasty scar revision are permanent reduction in scar appearance that will be visible after two weeks, but finalize after one year. The results will be negatively affected by poor aftercare and sun exposure.

What is the average cost of a Z-Plasty scar revision procedure?

A Z-Plasty scar revision can cost anywhere from $200 to $3,500. The actual cost of a Z-Plasty scar revision is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.

Pros

better concealed scarless noticeable scar

Cons

scar still presentscar still visiblescar is slightly larger

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


A Z-plasty scar revision surgery reduces the appearance of a prominent scar be interrupting its linear appearance. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Z-plasty procedure.

The Takeaway


Z-Plasty scar revision is a type of scar revision plastic surgery to reduce the appearance of scars through a special surgical technique to create relaxed skin tension lines and a reduced linear scar appearance for a new scar that is less visible to the eye.

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  1. A Bayat Skin Scarring pubmed.gov; 2003-01-11
  2. American Academy of Dermatology Association Scars: Diagnosis and Treatment aad.org
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