An alternate elective neck incision

M. F. Zide, B. N. Epker

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The classic submandibular incision parallels the inferior border of the mandible and does not follow the resting skin tension lines of the neck. A modified approach is described that initially follows these lines but, as the midbody region is approached, a zigzag incision with legs of 1 to 3 cm and tip angles of approximately 70 to 90° is made. This zigzag skin incision is adjusted for the intended surgery. Subjectively, the results are much more esthetic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1071-1075
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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