Facial
Laceration Repair

Facial Laceration Repair
Monmouth County

Face Cut and Scar Wound Repair Surgery in Monmouth County, Jersey Shore, and West Long Branch

A facial laceration is a tear in the soft tissue of the face or neck. Depending on the object that caused the cut, the edges of the cut may be bleeding, dirty, or jagged. Lacerations usually affect the skin; they may also involve other tissues such as subcutaneous fat, nerves, tendons, blood vessels, or even muscles. While some patients get their injuries treated by emergency room physicians, most lacerations are too complicated or are located in cosmetically sensitive areas that require the skill and attention to detail of a plastic surgeon to perform the repair.

Monmouth County plastic surgeon, Dr. Rahul Vemula, provides immediate and urgent treatment of lacerations, burns, complex wounds, and facial trauma. Dr. Vemula has worked with countless men, women, and children from Monmouth County areas such as Long Branch, West Long Branch, Eatontown, Rumson, Fairhaven, and Redbank. He is also on call for patients from surrounding Jersey Shore areas such as Brick, Toms River, Ocean County, Middlesex County, Central New Jersey, and New York City.

Face and Head Laceration Treatment Areas

Dr. Rahul Vemula is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Vemula is also a member of the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and an active member in good standing with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). 

When candidates are searching for the best laceration repair Monmouth County has to offer, Dr. Vemula will be happy to answer your questions and plan a successful procedure to address your concerns. The surgeon takes each patient case as unique and leverages his years of experience as well as advanced technology when treating lacerations to any part of the head or face.

Forehead Laceration 

Dr. Vemula will determine the most appropriate surgical approach based on the depth and severity of the injury. Your forehead laceration healing time will be influenced by the extent of the procedure, as well as your body’s unique ability to heal. 

Nose Laceration Repair

The goal of nose laceration repair is to identify septal hematomas and underlying fractures, as well as cover the cartilage to achieve an aesthetically pleasing treatment. Dr. Vemula will repair all layers to avoid distorting the appearance of the nose.  This approach ensures proper treatment while also addressing cosmetic concerns.

Head and Scalp Lacerations

Wounds to the head and scalp may involve fractures and need to be examined as soon as possible. Dr. Vemula may utilize sutures, staples, or tissue adhesives, depending on the condition of the laceration. 

Neck Laceration

Lacerated injuries to the neck region are usually caused by road collisions or other accidents and can be both challenging and complex for healthcare providers. When brought on board, Dr. Vemula will work with other doctors to ensure that both underlying injuries and minor superficial injuries are addressed with a pleasing cosmetic outcome. 

Lip Laceration

Lip laceration repairs are delicate procedures. When done improperly, even a 1mm step-off in the closure will be noticeable. Complications such as this is minimized when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Vemula. The surgeon will focus on relieving tension and closing the injury while minimizing the risk of scarring and other complications.

Ear Laceration Repair

Because multiple cartilaginous folds create shadows and curves that give the ear an appearance that may be hard to recreate with even small injuries, traumatic ear lacerations can be intimidating. More so, since the intricate contours and folds help in the acquisition and amplification of sound, repairing an ear lobe laceration takes more than just making it look pretty. Dr. Vemula has rich experience and a successful track record in this type of procedure and will focus on addressing the deformity while preserving the perception of hearing. 

Chin Laceration Repair

Chin lacerations may happen as a result of a fall or cut by a sharp object. Wounds that are not deep may be closed with surgical tape. Dr. Vemula typically uses small stitches and a multi-layered closure that are removed within 5-7 days to address deeper lacerations in this area.

Cheek Laceration

The first step in repairing cheek lacerations is to determine whether the injury is partial thickness or full thickness. The surgeon will also need to evaluate for parotid gland and facial nerve injuries that require specialist repair. Full-thickness cheek lacerations involve the cheek skin, underlying subcutaneous tissue, as well as the intra-oral mucosa. These wounds need to be repaired in layers in order to ensure appropriate cosmetics. 

Candidates for Facial Laceration Repair in Monmouth County

You may be a good candidate for facial laceration repair surgery if you have:

  • Facial trauma 
  • Fractures of nasal and facial bones
  • Facial lacerations 

During your consultation with Dr. Vemula, the surgeon will conduct a thorough examination and determine the best course of action in order to deliver the best possible results.

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Dr. Vemula’s Approach

Facial Laceration

Although doctors can stitch up wounds and lacerations in an emergency room, it is best to have a professional plastic surgeon perform the treatment for the best facial laceration repair results. The treatment approach that Dr. Vemula will pursue depends on the location and extent of facial injury. For fresh wounds, the surgeon will first clean and remove any foreign material from the injury site. Depending on the type and severity of your wound, Dr. Vemula will keenly work on the injury. The method used to close the wound is carefully selected to avoid tightening of blood vessels that would in return cause tension, discomfort and other problems.
Dr. Vemula creates an individualized treatment approach that yields the best possible result for each patient while minimizing the risk of complications.

Facial Laceration Recovery

Facial laceration procedures are typically performed under local anesthesia in the emergency room, or in Dr. Vemula’s in-office procedure room.  In cases where the injury is complicated or requires significant repair time, sedation or general anesthesia may be used. Dr. Vemula utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and a variety of treatment modalities in order to resolve any cosmetic or functional impairment. 

The recovery duration following facial laceration repair will vary greatly from one patient to the other, usually depending on the extent and type of the injury. Most facial laceration procedures require sutures, which are removed within 5-7 days. You may also be required to avoid certain activities during the recovery period. At your consultation with Dr. Vemula, the surgeon will answer your questions, discuss treatment options, and take you through the recovery process.

Facial Laceration Scar Prevention

As would be expected, all lacerations tend to heal with scars. However, the extent of scarring will vary depending on factors such as a personal history of excessive scar formation, location, size, and type of the wound, as well as the skill of the surgeon. 

Dr. Vemula uses advanced laceration repair techniques to ensure that any scarring resulting from the procedure is almost invisible. Following the treatment, he will provide you with a list of laceration care instructions to ensure the best possible outcome. These instructions usually focus on:

  • Keeping the wound clean and moist 
  • Covering the wound and changing the bandages
  • Hydrating the wound and minimizing scarring with silicone gel sheets

Facial Laceration Repair Cost

The cost of facial laceration repair is covered by insurance.

Facial Laceration Repair Recovery

Most patients can expect to get back to their normal activities within 3-4 weeks. You will be required to avoid any strenuous activities or exercising until after you get the green light from your surgeon.
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Surgery Time

The procedure usually takes about 1 hour to complete but can vary depending on the severity of the injury.

24/7 Emergency Facial Laceration Repair

Emergency Facial Cut Repair Near You

Facial laceration procedures are typically performed under local anesthesia in the emergency room, or in Dr. Vemula’s in-office procedure room.  In cases where the injury is complicated or requires significant repair time, sedation or general anesthesia may be used. Dr. Vemula utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and a variety of treatment modalities in order to resolve any cosmetic or functional impairment. 

The recovery duration following facial laceration repair will vary greatly from one patient to the other, usually depending on the extent and type of the injury. Most facial laceration procedures require sutures, which are removed within5-7 days. You may also be required to avoid certain activities during the recovery period. At your consultation with Dr. Vemula, the surgeon will answer your questions, discuss treatment options, and take you through the recovery process.

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Facial Laceration Repair FAQs

Laceration repair by a plastic surgeon vs. another physician

Many patients wonder whether to have their lacerations, burns, facial trauma, hand injuries, and complex wounds repaired by a plastic surgeon or regular physician. Most emergency room or primary care physicians recommend that lacerations be repaired within 8 hours. However, plastic surgeons are able to repair the injury up to 24 hours after the occurrence, depending on the contamination and degree of swelling. Plastic surgeons also trim the edges of the injury site in order to get rid of damaged or crushed tissues and decrease the advent of scarring. If you are looking to have your laceration repaired while also addressing the aesthetics, a plastic surgeon may be the most ideal physician choice.

Does insurance cover facial laceration repair?

Most health insurance covers facial laceration repair procedures. For patients who do not have insurance coverage, or have a high deductible insurance policy, Dr. Vemula’s office accepts all cash pricing. The cost of the procedure will include consultation fees, surgical fees, equipment charges, and follow up visits.

What can I do to improve scarring?

Scarring is a natural consequence of injury. Dr. Vemula will use the best treatment modalities to help minimize any scarring following facial laceration repair treatment. The surgeon will also provide specific aftercare instructions to help improve scarring over time. You may be told to apply a sunblock SPF 30 or higher in order to prevent discoloration, as well as use silicone gel sheeting.

Same Day Laceration Repair is a Phone Call Away

Laceration repair involving the face, head or neck is an art. Patients considering this kind of procedure need to carefully evaluate their surgeon’s training and credentials. Dr. Vemula has the knowledge, skills, and expertise it takes to give patients the best possible result while protecting function and movement of the nose, face, and neck. He has successfully performed numerous facial laceration repairs on patients from Monmouth County in New Jersey, as well as Jersey Shore areas of Brick, Toms River, Ocean County, Middlesex County, Central New Jersey, and New York City.

Dr. Rahul Vemula with V Plastic Surgery hopes you never need him, but if you do, he is on call 24/7 for this procedure.

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