Skin contractures and scars are areas of thickened skin or scarring that occur when the elastic tissues of the skin are replaced with scar tissue. If uncorrected, contractures and scars are disfiguring and may cause significant impairment of movement and growth in children.
Surgical treatment for skin contractures and scars include:
- Z-plasty: Z-plasty is a technique which redistributes tension on the wound by breaking up the scar into smaller units, making the scar less noticeable.
- W-plasty: A modification of the z plasty technique using multiple small zigzags to break up a linear scar. It is a good technique to camouflage and reorientate scar tissue.
Both techniques involve intensive postoperative scar massage and gel therapy for up to 6 months.
Some health funds will cover surgery for contracture surgery and scar revision. Please check with your health plans for details.