Z-Plasty

Z-plasty is a technique utilized to revise and/or hide scars. The treatment uses a type of transposition flap that incorporates both advancement and rotation flaps into its design. Results are aesthetically pleasing, as well as natural-looking.

Dr. Jay M. Dutton of the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago has extensive experience with this technique, and he innovated a minimally invasive surgery to correct nasal obstruction using a z-plasty inside the nose with no visible scars. At the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, patients can expect their z-plasty to be performed with the highest standard of care and with careful attention to aesthetics.

If you want to learn more about z-plasty scar treatment in Chicago or if you are ready to schedule a consultation, contact Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago today at 630-574-8222.

About Z-Plasty Minimizing Scars for Beautiful Skin

Considered to be both a critical and reliable technique, a z-plasty performed by an educated and trained professional can assist in lengthening a contracted scar, changing the direction of a scar to better align it with the relaxed skin tension lines, and/or interrupt and break a scar, ultimately making it less visible.

It is significant to note that though z-plasty can help to hide or reduce a scar, that the scar will still be present after the treatment has been performed. Further, this procedure can assist in preventing certain types of scars and imperfections from recurring, such as hypertrophic scars.

Both men and women can benefit from this scar treatment. Though many other types of cosmetic surgery require patients to be at least 18-years-old, z-plasty can be provided to young patients and adults alike.

It is important for all patients to be mentally, physically, and emotionally stable before pursuing cosmetic procedures. All patients, regardless of age, should have realistic expectations following the procedure.

Your Scar Treatment Consultation

To get started on your treatment plan, you will meet with our doctor for a consultation. During this appointment, the doctor will discuss goals and expectations with the individual, as well as details regarding medical history. You should also expect the doctor to examine the scar and surrounding area in which the surgery will be performed.

Throughout the consultation, you should feel free to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the procedure. When you leave this meeting, it is vital that you feel knowledgeable, comfortable, and completely informed of what will take place on the day of the surgery. You will also gain a better understanding of how much the procedure will cost, as well as any type of payment plan or option that may be available.

The doctor will inform you of the recovery process and what steps to take to ensure that this period of time is fast, smooth, and as pain-free as possible.

After Surgery

While some post-procedure discomfort is expected, the doctor can prescribe medication to help soothe you. Following the treatment, you will also get a list of instructions regarding aftercare, particularly, how to clean and care for the area.

It can take up to a full week before you start to notice results. It is significant to note that as time goes on, the results will become more noticeable and your scar will continue to fade. Generally speaking, these results are permanent.

Z-Plasty Risks and Complications

As with any type of cosmetic surgery, there is some risk for complications and negative side effects. If the surgery is performed by a trained and skilled professional, then it is less likely for a complication to take place.

Common risks and complications often associated with z-plasty can include the following:

  • Flap Necrosis
  • Blood Clots
  • Wound Infection
  • Wound Tension
  • Abnormal Bleeding
  • Irregular Bruising
  • Numbness

Following surgery, if you do experience one or more of the complications listed above, and it does not subside after a week’s time, contact your doctor for assistance. At Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, we have one goal in mind: complete patient satisfaction. We are always here to help answer any questions or concerns to ensure you have a positive experience.

“Dr. Dutton, with his extensive training, is one of the finest ENT/Facial Plastic Surgeons in Chicago. I needed major reconstructive septoplasty/rhinoplasty to look like my natural self. He took the time to listen to me and explain my options. He worked hard to get the results I wanted and needed. I am very satisfied and have even recommended his services to others. His entire staff was great and accommodating.”

       -Satisfied Patient

Is z-plasty for you? To schedule a consultation at Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, contact our professional staff today by calling 630-574-8222.