"The SUTUREGARD® is the first new device for intraoperative skin expansion in years. Previous methods involved cumbersome multi-piece devices or caused unacceptable tissue damage. This device is easy to use and allows me to reduce closure tension across defects of varying sizes and shapes. The effect is most apparent in large wounds, particularly on the scalp and lower legs, where flaps can be replaced with linear repairs. I have also found that some moderate-size defects in these and other areas can benefit from reduction of tension, resulting in smaller repairs and easier recovery for the patient."