A laceration is a deep cut into the skin that usually occurs as a result of trauma. These cuts can occur anywhere on the face or neck. The most important part of the evaluation is to be seen by an experienced facial expert. Dr. Demetri specializes in exclusively facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Having worked in some of the busiest trauma centers in the country, he can quickly evaluate your child and decide what type of repair will be necessary.
Typically, patients are sent to an emergency room or urgent care clinic to be seen for these lacerations. However, if you call our office at 813-603-3110, Dr. Demetri will see your child immediately and repair the laceration here in our state of the art office. His expertise in facial anatomy will make sure your child is left with the best result possible.
Most of the causes of laceration are from blunt trauma. This can be from sports, motor vehicle accidents, or not uncommonly in pediatrics dog bites.Depending on the etiology of the laceration, it is imperative you are seen by an expert. The wound may need to be cleaned right away. If there are any issues with vision, swallowing or chewing, Dr. Demetri can decide if further testing is needed.
For the majority of lacerations, Dr. Demetri will use fine sutures (stitches) to make sure the wound heals with a minimal scar. Anytime there is a cut in the skin a scar forms, sometimes its hardly noticeable, others can be more pronounced. It is essential the wound is repaired with meticulous attention to detail. Dr. Demetri uses his expertise in facial aesthetics to repair this for your child with little to no pain.
Dr. Demetri will decide which type of suture is necessary at the time of evaluation. For pediatric patients, he often uses absorbable sutures which go away on their own. This means your child will not have to bear having the sutures cut out at a second appointment. If he uses non-absorbable sutures, he typically leaves those in for 5-7 days at which point they need to be removed. He will follow up with you and your child regularly to make sure the scar is healing as best as it possibly can.
Please contact us (phone call or text) anytime at 813-603-3110 to bring your child in immediately. We are on call 24/7 to serve you!