Avoiding Extended Scar in Skin Expansion: Alagoz Technique

J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Jun;26(4):e291-2. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000001591.


The principal aim of skin expansion is to provide additional donor tissue without extra donor-site morbidity. Most of the reports about tissue expansion are focused on the properties of expander. Donor-site decision is usually underestimated. Here, we offer to use the defect area and surrounding healthy tissue as the donor site.In 4 cases, expanders were placed just under the defect in a fashion to extend 1 to 2 cm more laterally toward the encircling healthy tissue. The expanded tissue was not mobilized for longer distances; thus, there was no loss in flap gain. The resulting final scar was linear or crescentic. In the Alagoz technique, tissue gain similar in size to the defect is sufficient for reconstruction. The simpler the flap, the best the resulting scar.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cicatrix / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Surgical Flaps*
  • Tissue Expansion / instrumentation*
  • Tissue Expansion Devices*
  • Young Adult