Laceration Repair Clinic
Injuries and accidents can occur to our loved ones when we least expect it. These events can take place at any time. Depending onto severity of the injury, this can be a very traumatizing and life-changing event for the hurt individual…and the entire family. It is for this reason, that the Laceration Repair Clinic was established. Please call (281) 980-8111 for more information. We are here to serve the residents of Houston and surrounding areas when these emergencies occur.
At the Laceration Repair Clinic, the patient will be seen, examined, and treated by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with almost 2 decades of experience.
The patient and family will be seen within 30 minutes of arrival, not subjected to an endless wait. Service is available anytime, day or night.
The patient and family will not be exposed to Emergency Room or Hospital Waiting Room patients who may be sick with an unknown illnesses.
Starting at $1,500 (pre-paid). Medical insurance is NOT accepted for this concierge plastic surgery service. ER visits and procedures can cost much more.
A plastic surgeon is more skilled and sensitive about the appearance of the laceration repair. Wouldn’t you want the peace of mind knowing that you’ll get the best possible outcome? Call (281) 980-8111 for expert laceration repair.
What Is a Laceration?
A laceration is a tear or cut in the skin, tissue, and/or muscle. Lacerations can vary in location, length, depth, and width. Laceration repair is the act of cleaning, preparing, and closing the wound.
Lacerations can have many causes, including tripping, slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, work-related injuries, animal bite or mauling, scratches/scrapes/abrasions, stabbing, puncture wounds, gun shots, crush injuries, fights or other physical violence, bicycle accidents, fire, burns, open fractures, lesions, head injuries or any situation that can slash the skin and cause bleeding.
Reasons for the Procedure
Lacerations that are shallow, small, clean and no longer bleeding may not need medical care. Antibiotic ointment and a bandage may be all that is needed. But, to be safe it is always recommended to get specialized medical advice.
Lacerations may need surgical repair if they exhibit any of the following characteristics:
- Exposed muscle, fat, tendon, or bone
- Dirt and debris in the wound
- Feeling as if something is within the laceration
- Bleeding continues after applying direct pressure
- Jagged or uneven edges
- Deep cut with exposed flesh
- Location on area of high stress (joints, hands, feet, chest)
- Facial injuries
- Dog or cat bites
- High risk for visible and unsightly scarring
Wounds may also need medical care if there is risk of tetanus. This is a bacterial infection from dirt, dust, or feces. A deep or contaminated wound increase your risk of tetanus.
While problems from laceration repair procedures are rare, all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Noticeable scarring
- Poor wound closure
- Allergic reaction to anesthetic
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What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
How to treat the laceration before you seeing your plastic surgeon:
- Apply direct pressure to the wound. Use gauze or a clean cloth. If the wound bleeds through the gauze or cloth, do not remove it. Add more gauze.
- If possible, elevate the wound above the heart. This will make it harder for blood to flow to the wound. Do not tie a tourniquet around an affected limb. This may cause more damage.
- If bleeding stops, let some water run over the wound. Tap water is safe to use.
- If muscle, tendon, bone, or organs are exposed, do not try to push them back into place.
- If you are feeling faint, lie down or sit down and call for 911.
Once you have realized that you have injured the skin and possibly deeper tissues and structures, it is time to ask for help. It is important to seek medical attention right away. If you think you have a life-threatening emergency call 911.
If it is not a life-threatening emergency, then you may call the Laceration Repair Clinic. You will be asked some questions and given advice regarding your particular case. During your visit, the laceration will be examined, a medical history will be taken, and a treatment plan will be designed specifically for you.
The use of anesthesia depends on the type of laceration, for example:
- Local anesthesia is used for minor lacerations. This will numb the area around the wound.
- General Anesthesia
Description of Procedure
The wound will be cleaned and prepared. Hair that may interfere will be trimmed and smoothed away. Irrigation with sterile water will be placed into the wound. This will help wash away dirt and debris. An antiseptic will be used to clean to surface around the laceration.
If necessary, jagged edges of the skin will be cut away. This may help the laceration close more easily and evenly. Damaged or dead tissue will be removed to prevent infection. The laceration will be closed once the wound is clean. There are several options to help close the wound:
- Simple repairs can be done with skin glue, adhesive strips, staples, etc. More complex repairs require stitches.
- Stitches are used for wounds that are deep, bleeding, have jagged edges, or have fat or muscle exposed. The area will be cleaned with an antiseptic. A surgical drape may be positioned over the wound. This will keep the area sterile.
- If a laceration is deep, stitches may be needed under the skin. The stitches used under the skin will be absorbed by the body. They will not need to be removed. The wound will then be stitched shut. Once the wound is closed, saline will be used to clean the area. A thin layer of antiseptic ointment may be applied, as well. A gauze pad may be placed over the stitches. An elastic bandage or tape may be placed over the gauze to cover and protect them.
Call (281) 980-8111 for laceration repair.
Some wounds may put you at a higher risk for a tetanus infection. A tetanus vaccination may be given if:
- You have never received a total of at least 3 vaccination doses—routine childhood immunizations are at ages 2, 4, 6, and/or 15-18 months
- It has been more than 5 years since your last tetanus immunization
- You are unsure of your tetanus status
Following the procedure, the staff may provide the following care to make you more comfortable and help your recovery. This will include pain medications or antibiotics.
Care at Home
When you return home:
- Avoid strenuous activities.
- Take antibiotics and pain medication as directed.
- Follow instructions about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- If you need to keep the incision area dry when showering, wrap the area with a plastic bag.
- After showering or bathing, pat the area dry. Do not rub the area. Also, do not apply hydrogen peroxide or iodine to the wound. This will damage tissue and slow healing.
- Do not pick at or scratch the wound. This may lead to poor healing.
Note: Do not try to remove the closure material. Removing stitches yourself may lead to infection, scarring, or reopening of the wound.
All lacerations heal with scars, thus seeking out a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at the Laceration Repair Clinic will ensure minimal scarring and the best long term outcome.
Call Your Doctor
Contact your doctor if your recovery is not progressing as expected or you develop complications such as:
- Wound reopens
- Redness, warmth, swelling, drainage or excessive bleeding occurs at the wound site.
- Signs of infection, including fever, chills, or red streaks tracking up arm or leg.
- Spasm or rigidity of muscles in jaw, neck, abdomen, or an area near the wound
- New or unexpected symptoms
Call (281) 980-8111 for laceration repair.
Laceration Repair FAQ
How long will it take?
This depends on the laceration. It may take less than 15 minutes or more than an hour.
How much will it hurt?
This also depends on the laceration. Severe lacerations can be very painful. Ask your doctor about pain medication.
Will insurance cover laceration repair?
No, this is a concierge service we offer to provide individuals with the best possible outcome in healing from a laceration or similar wound. Because a double board certified plastic surgeon is performing the service, you can rely on a highly skilled medical professional who deals with the skin and seeks to provide both excellent healing and appearance. Prices start at $1,500 (pre-paid), with true one-on-one service anytime, day or night.
Please keep in mind that we offer several easy plastic surgery financing options, including those from Alphaeon, Prosper, CareCredit, and PatientFi.