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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 408--418

Scar revision


Department of Plastic Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Mohit Sharma
Department of Plastic Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Ponekkara P.O. Kochi - 682 041, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.118621

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Most surgical patients end up with a scar and most of these would want at least some improvement in the appearance of the scar. Using sound techniques for wound closure surgeons can, to a certain extent, prevent suboptimal scars. This article reviews the principles of prevention and treatment of suboptimal scars. Surgical techniques of scar revision, i.e., Z plasty, W plasty, and geometrical broken line closure are described. Post-operative care and other adjuvant therapies of scars are described. A short description of dermabrasion and lasers for management of scars is given. It is hoped that this review helps the surgeon to formulate a comprehensive plan for management of scars of these patients.






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