The skin of the face is delicate and prone to scarring, and facial scars are especially prominent. Repairs in the emergency room increase risk of scarring, as most medical professionals are not trained in advanced surgical techniques and do not have time to carefully repair the skin layer-by-layer. For this reason, many patients choose to see a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Paquet for facial laceration surgery. If you experience a facial laceration in Phoenix, Arizona, contact Paquet Facial Plastic Surgery.
What is Facial Laceration Surgery?
After a facial laceration, the delicate skin of the face is particularly prone to scarring. As a result, many patients choose to have facial lacerations treated by a plastic surgeon, whether immediately after their injury or to reconstruct the scarring after the initial wound has healed.
Who is a Candidate for Facial Laceration Surgery?
Most patients who experience a facial laceration are candidates for treatment with a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Paquet. In most cases, facial lacerations are not life-threatening and can be treated up to 24-48 hours after the initial injury, making it safe to wait to see a plastic surgeon for care rather than visiting the emergency room. Not all facial cuts will require repair using stitches, however. Some signs that stitches are necessary include:
- Visible fatty tissue
- Persistent bleeding (10-15 minutes or longer)
- Lacerations 1/8 inch deep or more
- Visible dirt or debris in the laceration after cleaning
- Severe swelling
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The Facial Laceration Surgery Procedure
Patients who experience a facial laceration can typically cover the wound temporarily with a moist dressing, then call our office for an urgent appointment with Dr. Paquet. To repair the wound and cause as little scarring as possible, Dr. Paquet will use advanced surgical techniques, using sutures to close the would layer-by-layer. Local anesthesia may be used to keep you comfortable through this process. Smaller lacerations may be treatable using skin adhesives. When the laceration is closed, Dr. Paquet will then apply an antibiotic ointment and cover the area with a light dressing to keep it sterile as the skin heals.
Recovery After Facial Laceration Surgery
No downtime is typically required after facial laceration surgery. Patients may experience swelling, redness, or tenderness in the area. In most cases, non-dissolvable sutures may be removed about one week after the procedure. Patients typically find that the laceration heals within about two weeks. Any resulting scarring should be minimal and will continue to fade and improve for up to one year after the injury. Dr. Paquet will provide instructions to care for the area as it heals. This includes avoiding excess sun exposure to prevent hyperpigmentation.
Schedule a Consultation
If you experience a facial laceration, do not delay in calling Dr. Paquet. We will schedule an appointment within 24-48 hours so you can prevent any unnecessary scarring. Call our office to make your appointment.
If you have general questions about facial laceration surgery or Paquet Facial Plastic Surgery, you may also contact us online.
If you experience a laceration that may be life-threatening, seek emergency care as soon as possible.