Creative closures can reduce scarring

February 1, 2006

Melbourne, Fla. — As the incidence of skin cancer soars, dermatologic surgeons can serve their patients better by thinking more creatively about surgical flaps and grafts, according to Terence Cronin, M.D., at the Cronin Skin Cancer Center here. Physicians excising skin cancers are learning that "there are better ways to close a wound to make it heal more nicely," Dr. Cronin tells Dermatology Times.

While every surgeon has a repertoire of wound closures from which they choose, techniques such as partially sowing a wound shut to shrink it or creating large flaps instead of grafts can speed up healing and create more aesthetically pleasing results. A few examples of unusual wound closures from Dr. Cronin's practice are shown here.