Facial Laceration Repair | Cleveland, OH
Injuries of the face and neck, including lacerations, abrasions, hematomas, and facial fractures account for a large number of emergency room visits. Many of these injuries can be repaired by the emergency room physicians. However, many injuries are too complicated or are located on a cosmetically sensitive area of the face and may not be within the scope of practice of the emergency room doctor. For treatment of these complicated cases patients often prefer the injury to be treated by a specialist with dedicated training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and fellowship-trained by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Harmych is an expert in treating complicated facial injuries including facial and nasal fractures and facial lacerations.
Who is a Candidate for Facial Laceration Repair?
Any patient with facial trauma, fractures of the nose of facial bones, or facial lacerations may be a candidate for repair by a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. If you are a patient or health care provider and would like additional information please contact Harmych Facial Plastic Surgery for more information.
How is Facial Laceration Repair Performed?
Most facial lacerations can be repaired under local anesthesia in our office or in the emergency room. Sedation or general anesthesia may be required if the injury is complicated or will require significant time to repair. Techniques for repair are variable and dependent on the type, location and extent of the injury and are tailored to each individual patient’s needs.
What is the Recovery like from Facial Laceration Repair?
The recovery period is highly variable and dependent on the type and extent of the injury. Dr. Harmych will determine the most appropriate plan for repair based on a thorough physical examination and discussion of treatment options and expectations for recovery. Most facial lacerations require sutures for repair. Sutures are removed within one week. Activity is restricted for 1-2 weeks.
As a result of prior facial lacerations or broken nose, or nasal fracture, patients may have persistent noticeable scarring and difficulty breathing through the nose. As a fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Harmych is an expert in facial scar revision, rhinoplasty, functional rhinoplasty and septoplasty. Schedule a consultation to discuss your options for treatment.