SURGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF WOUND HEALING CONCEPTS
The surgeon can create conditions that either augment or impede the natural wound repair process. Adherence, to surgical principies (see Chapter 3) facilitates optimal wound healing, with reestablishment of tissue continuity,
minimization of scar Size, and restoration of function. It should be remembered that no wound in skin, oral mucosa, or muscle heals without scar formation. The surgeon’s goal with respect to scar formation is not to prevent
a scar, but rather to produce a scar that minimtzes loss of function and looks as inconspicuous as possible.