Background: The scalp is the second most visible part of the anatomy next to the face. Thus, aesthetic considerations such as scars and alopecia are important when planning excision of a mass from the scalp. Aesthetic results have not been satisfactory due to scar widening and hair follicle injury. Many methods have been tried to improve these results, however, they require multiple procedures and longer operation time.
Methods: We evaluated a easy and time-saving V-shape incision for excising a scalp mass. This technique of simplified V-shape incision was performed in 32 patients with benign scalp masses treated from September 2011 to March 2013. The incisions were performed with a blade to make a V-shape margin and preserve deep hair follicles at the flap margins. The defect was closed by approximation of two edges.
Results: All tumors were benign and superficial. The size of the scalp masses was 0.4-2.0 cm in width and 1.0-5.0 cm in length. Many hairs from the deep hair follicles grew into the scar, making the scar line almost unnoticeable in all 32 patients. Although some scar widening was evident, the number of hairs per unit was high enough to camouflage the scars.
Conclusions: The simplified V-shape incision was beneficial as a simple, mini-surgical, time-saving procedure. Although the scars were slightly wider, they were covered with penetrating hairs and became unnoticeable.
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