Facial Laceration Repair

Facial Lacerations/Scars

Having a cut or laceration can feel disfiguring, especially on such a cosmetically sensitive region such as the face.  Dr Narasimhan has trained in head and neck surgery and plastic surgery, where he has performed hundreds of facial reconstructions and laceration repairs.  Please call our office to enquire about this service if you have a cut, scrape or recent trauma and we would be happy to help you.  Or if you have an old scar that you would like removed or addressed, we would be happy to give you an opinion on options to treat this as well.

Can you do laceration repair in the office?

Yes, in many instances this can be done in the office.    We just inject your face with a some local anesthesia and perform the repair.  Often this is the safest and most comfortable option.

How many stitches do you put in?

This depends on how long and where the incision is.  Often we put in non-absorbable stitches, meaning they are removed in 5-7 days.  Non-absorbable stitches are less reactive to the skin and has more durability than absorbable stitches.

How do the scars heal?

If closed well, the scars can heal remarkably well on the face.  Dr Narasimhan will advise you on how to manage and conceal scars.  The basics include proper cleaning, sun avoidance, and moisturizing the area properly.

How do you manage old scars?

Old scars can be treated by re-excising them and closing in a appropriate “cosmetic” way, ie with appropriate tension and sutures.  Or they can be sanded down using dermabrasion, a technique that relies on removing the superficial surface of the skin to smoothen and lighten the scar.  Both of these things can often be done in the office.  Dr Narasimhan will also you advise you on techniques to improve the appearance of scars such as silicone sheets, mederma, and bio oil.