Skin tension lines

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

Relaxed skin tension lines; Relax skin tension lines; RSTL; Skin relaxation lines

Definition
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Lines of skin of equal tension in interaction with the muscles. Their course depends on the patient's age, nutritional status, general condition and possibly anatomical peculiarities. In the face, skin tension lines follow the mimic muscles. On the trunk and extremities they run largely horizontally. In the area of the joints they take an individual course.

Notice! Observing the skin tension lines is the prerequisite for optimal wound healing and scar formation.

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020