A facial laceration is another term for a cut or tear in the skin of the face. In more severe laceration cases, underlying structures such as the muscles, blood vessels or nerves may be involved. As Dr. Tahernia evaluates your specific case he will determine the severity of the laceration and if there is any potential that a nerve in the face was injured.
Symptoms Of A Facial Laceration:
Most symptoms that a laceration has occurred are readily apparent such as swelling, bruising, bleeding and separation of the skin. If it is the case that the area around the laceration is becoming more swollen or increasingly painful, it may be the case that a skin infection has set in.
Treatments Of Facial Laceration:
In a majority of cases, a facial laceration can be repaired with sutures, skin adhesive or staples. The wound will first be washed out and cleansed before the actual repair occurs. In some cases a tetanus shot may be required to avoid any further serious infections. Other methods of laceration repair include:
Wound Debridement – This treatment requires the removal of dead or dirty tissue or to remove a foreign body from the wound
Surgery for Facial Lacerations – In the most severe cases of skin lacerations, surgery will be required to remove foreign bodies from the wound and to repair the damaged tissue.
In addition to the treatment that is found best for your facial laceration, antibiotics will be prescribed to fight any potential infections and pain medication will be ordered to help in managing your pain from the wound.
Recovery From Facial Lacerations:
The skin on the face recovers relatively quickly. If sutures or stables are used for the repair, they can typically be removed in just 4-5 days. However, the recovery process is individualized from patient to patient and Dr. Tahernia will discuss with you what you can expect in your recovery. Tylenol can be used to help control any bothersome pain during your recovery and if there is some slight tenderness, an ice pack can be applied. For any serious symptoms during your recovery you should seek immediate medical attention.