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W-plasty

Pronunciation: plas'te

Definition: Surgery to alter the direction of a malaligned scar that is oriented perpendicular to the direction of regional skin creases to relieve a bandlike contracture and improve scar quality. The edges of the scar are excised as s series of angled cuts resembling multiple Ws; closure reorients the original scar.

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