Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 9, September 2010

Prophylactic Z-plasty Correcting helical rim deformity from wedge excision

Peter Kim
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Wedge excision is a popular and well documented surgical method for treating a wide range of skin lesions and cancers of the ear in the general practice setting. In the majority of cases, this is a simple and cosmetically pleasing treatment. However, it may create helical rim deformity. This article describes a simple method of preventing such deformity using prophylactic Z-plasty.

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