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Definition of -Plasty

What does -Plasty mean?


  1. Medical suffix meaning repair or restoration of a part or function.
  2. Molding or shaping through a surgical procedure.

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Google previewOphthalmology Review (2012)

by Myron Yanoff

A Z-plasty is a flap rearrangement procedure used to correct skin shortening due to a focal linear scar. The Z-plasty may have to be combined with other procedures to correct ectropion effectively. The Y-V plasty is a surgical technique used in ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Cosmetic Surgery (2001)

by George Semel, Jeff St. John

A Z-plasty is a surgical technique that is reserved for scars that might be limiting joint movement or where the skin is too tight. For instance, if there is a scar on the inner elbow that prevents you from stretching your arm out perfectly straight, ...

Google previewLocal Flaps in Facial Reconstruction (2014)

Expert Consult by Shan R. Baker

Z-plasty is a double transposition flap technique that is used to lengthen contracted scars, to change the orientation of...

Google previewPfenninger and Fowler's Procedures for Primary Care (2010)

Expert Consult by John L. Pfenninger, Grant C. Fowler

The Z-plasty is a particularly useful technique for scar revision to redirect Skin tension lines 4X Defect Defect removed Lesion, laceration, or scar Elliptical Burow's triangle to be discarded E F Pivot point Burow's triangle removed a scar into ...

Google previewPractical Skin Cancer Surgery (2014)


The Z-plasty is a double transportation flap (but with rotation and advancement elements) of two equal triangles – the 'V's of the 'Z'. It is not used in skin cancer surgery but for lengthening scars, especially those that cross relaxed skin tension ...

Google previewOphthalmology (2008)

by Myron Yanoff, Jay S. Duker

Z-Plasty. A Z-plasty is a flap rearrangement procedure used to correct ...

Google previewEssentials of Plastic Surgery (2015)

Q&A Companion by Alex P. Jones, Jeffrey E. Janis

Forty-five degrees A Z-plasty is a type of transposition flap with two adjacent triangular flaps that are reversed. Key factors in the design are that the three limbs should be of equal length, and the two internal angles should be equivalent (see ...

Google previewMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 20 (2013)

NextMed / MMVR20 by J.D. Westwood

Introduction Z-plasty is a fundamental plastic surgery technique used to improve the functional and cosmetic appearance of scars by transposing constricted or unsightly soft tissue into a better functional position or into alignment with a natural ...

Google previewOperative Techniques in Hand, Wrist, and Forearm Surgery (2010)

by Sam W. Wiesel

Basic Z-plasty is a technique of local tissue rearrangement in which two equal triangular skin flaps are transposed (FIG 4A). Z-plasty is ideally suited for linear scar release because it lengthens and interrupts a scar, and also redirects the line of ...

Google previewCummings Pediatric Otolaryngology (2014)

by Marci M. Lesperance, Paul W. Flint

The Z-plasty is a well-known technique for lengthening a scar. The reorientation of the flaps also builds bulk in the posterior palate to aid contact of the posterior pharyngeal wall. The Furlow double-opposing Z-plasty is done with the patient ...

Google previewEssentials of Surgical Specialties (2007)

by Peter F. Lawrence, Richard M. Bell, Merril T. Dayton

A Z-plasty is a specific use ...

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