Creep vs. stretch

A review of the viscoelastic properties of skin

Brad J. Wilhelmi, Steven J. Blackwell, John S. Mancoll, Linda Phillips

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Abstract

Possessing viscous and elastic rheological properties, skin is viscoelastic. Mechanical creep, defined as the elongation of skin with a constant load over time beyond intrinsic extensibility, has been described as the vehicle harnessed for wound closure with presuturing, intraoperative tissue expansion, skin-stretching devices, and skin retraction with undermining. Resulting from the generation of new tissue due to a chronic stretching force, biological creep plays a role in conventional tissue expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-219
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1998

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Tissue Expansion
Skin
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Wounds and Injuries

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Creep vs. stretch : A review of the viscoelastic properties of skin. / Wilhelmi, Brad J.; Blackwell, Steven J.; Mancoll, John S.; Phillips, Linda.

In: Annals of Plastic Surgery, Vol. 41, No. 2, 08.1998, p. 215-219.

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Wilhelmi, Brad J. ; Blackwell, Steven J. ; Mancoll, John S. ; Phillips, Linda. / Creep vs. stretch : A review of the viscoelastic properties of skin. In: Annals of Plastic Surgery. 1998 ; Vol. 41, No. 2. pp. 215-219.
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