A simplified algorithm for the use of Z-plasty

Rod J. Rohrich, Ross I S Zbar

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

54 Scopus citations


For the neophyte, the Z-plasty maneuver can be a surgical procedure veiled in intrigue. The theoretical mechanics of Z-plasty geometry are described, establishing that the new length of the central limb in a 60- degree Z-plasty is √3 of its original length. Factors such as skin tension, flap thickness, and flap location can, in application, distort the desired outcome. An algorithm is established that describes the indications and simplifies the execution of this technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1513-1517
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


Dive into the research topics of 'A simplified algorithm for the use of Z-plasty'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this