Thousands of children and adults suffer lacerations every year. The vast majority of these are repaired in a pediatrician’s office or by emergency room physicians. These qualified health care providers are well trained and very experienced with lacerations. Deeper and more complex wounds, or those in cosmetically important areas such as the face, may be referred to a plastic surgeon for advanced surgical care.
Technique not timing is the most important consideration when you or your child suffers a laceration. To have a laceration skillfully and safely repaired is more important than having it repaired immediately. Facial lacerations may be repaired up to 24 hours following an injury, allowing you the time to make the best arrangement for you or your child.
The facial skin is very delicate and can easily scar from cuts or lacerations. Although any emergency room can repair a laceration to the face with stitches or other techniques, reducing scar tissue is rarely a concern. The result of a quickly treated facial skin laceration can be a lasting scar that can alter the appearance of the patient, resulting in much deeper emotional scars.
A plastic surgeon has the highly specialized training to repair lacerations in such a way that they are less likely to develop scars, preventing the need for subsequent surgeries. Having the laceration repaired at our office, at a scheduled time, will lessen the stress on yourself or your child. Also, you will not be exposed to sick patients and will be cared for by our experienced, well trained nurses.
It is not common for an untreated skin laceration to become infected but if it does, the infection can produce symptoms such as increased pain, redness, foul discharge, malaise and even fever. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office immediately.
If you are considering plastic surgery in Fairfield County or anywhere in Connecticut, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons.
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