A multitude of studies has been published focusing on different technical aspects of abdominoplasty. However, rarely has attention been drawn to skin closure techniques and its implications on postoperative scar length and complication rate. A retrospective analysis was conducted comparing a new comprehensive approach to skin closure with conventional techniques. Patients in each study group were matched for race, body mass index, gender, medical history, and smoking habits. We focused on postoperative scar length and rate of wound healing problems. Forty-six patients were included in each study group. Patients in whom wound closure was achieved via the technique presented here displayed a mean scar length of 33.68 cm (vs. 49.92 cm) and wound healing problems in 8.7% (vs. 23.9%). A marked reduction of scar length and postoperative wound healing problems is achievable with application of the technique presented in this article.
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