The lay public has a “significantly better perception” of linear facial scars compared with zigzag scars, California-based plastic surgeons report.
“Z-plasty scar revision was initially described as a technique to break up the linear scar into smaller, more camouflageable segments,” they write in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, online April 7. “This postulation guides the choice of many surgical closures and scar revisions today, but only a few studies have evaluated cosmetic outcomes for this technique.”
To investigate, Dr. Daniel B. Eisen of the University of California, Davis, and colleagues conducted a survey on a total of 379 men and 443 women comparing the public perception of linear versus zigzag facial scars.
The scars were placed on the forehead (flat surface), cheek (convex surface) and temple (concave surface) to gauge whether anatomic curvatures contributed to scar perception.
Discussion is opened between a linear scar correctly placed in the tension lines and Z plasty you need to use to fix properly some problems or defects.
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