1. In-vivo assessment of cleavage line orientation in human skin using optical coherence tomography

    In-vivo assessment of cleavage line orientation in human skin using optical coherence tomography
    Collagen and elastin fibers are generally arranged in parallel bundles within the dermis. These bundles are oriented such that they can most efficiently resist the stress and strain that normally occurs on the skin during movement. The pattern of these fiber bundles establishes the lines of cleavage of the skin. Knowledge of the orientation of these is of key importance for surgical procedures. When incisions are cut parallel to the cleavage line orientation the incision will heal better and produce less scaring. In this work we report a novel application of Optical coherence tomography for the determination of cleavage line ...
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