As you and your plastic surgeon form your surgical plan, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what will happen during the procedure. Asking questions is key to making an informed decision.
Direct closure is usually performed on skin-surface wounds that have straight edges, such as a simple cut. Maximum attention is given to the aesthetic result, taking extra care to minimize noticeable stitch marks.
In deciding how to treat a wound, a plastic surgeon must carefully assess its size, severity, and features:
- Is skin missing?
- Have nerves or muscles been damaged?
- Has skeletal support been affected?