Practical Matters: Find the direction of skin tension when making skin incisions
May 01, 2004
If in doubt, simply manipulating the skin by pinching and tensing it in different directions will indicate the direction of tension. Incisions made along the line of tension gape less and facilitate mobilization of the lateral margins for closure (Figure 2). The lateral margins will move perpendicular to the line of tension, which is in the plane of loose skin.
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-8140