Tissue Rearrangements: The Power of the Z-Plasty

Gabriel Hundeshagen, Ramón Zapata-Sirvent, Jeremy Goverman, Ludwik K. Branski

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The z-plasty is a highly versatile standard technique of reconstructive burn surgery. Variations of the classic z-plasty with limbs of equal length at 60° angles can accommodate specific reconstruction needs. Opposing z-plasties can be used when available tissue is limited; series of z-plasties can be linked to elongate tissue over a longer distance with smaller individual incisions, and a z-plasty with varying limb angles and lengths can provide tissue coverage in areas with special distributions of scarred and normal skin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-812
Number of pages8
JournalClinics in Plastic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • Adjacent tissue rearrangement
  • Burn scar
  • Contracture
  • Z-plasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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