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Treatment for Cuts and Lacerations

Lacerations, commonly known as cuts, are tears in the skin or soft tissue and they are among the most prevalent types of injuries that cause people to seek emergency medical care. Adults frequently suffer from lacerations on the hands, often as a result of knife mishaps while cooking or accidents at work. Children can experience a wide range of laceration injuries from toddler tumbles to sports slip-ups.

What to Do When Accidents Happen

If you or someone in your family gets a minor cut, follow these steps:

Do I Need Stitches? When To Seek Medical Treatment for Cuts and Lacerations

We encourage all families to keep a well-stocked first aid kit, and we hope that you only need to use it for minor injuries. But how do you know when a wound may require stitches or other professional care? If you encounter any of the following, please seek immediate medical attention:

If you determine that the injury merits professional care, or if you are unsure, seek immediate medical attention. On your way to the hospital or urgent care center, stay calm, keep the wound elevated, and continue applying gentle pressure.

Why Call a Plastic Surgeon for Laceration Repair?

The medical professionals at your local ER or urgent care center are likely to be very qualified in laceration treatment. So when would you need the additional care of a plastic surgeon? The specialized skill of a plastic surgeon can be a benefit when:

When to Call Dr.STITCH

If you or your child is injured and you would like treatment from a Dr.STITCH plastic surgeon, simply give us a call at 1-877-DR-STITCH (1-877-377-8482) at the time of the injury, before you get to the emergency room (in the case of an emergency, always call 911 first.) Dr.STITCH is operated by the highly experienced plastic surgeons of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. Our doctors are experts in minimizing scarring and are able to utilize reconstructive and cosmetic surgery techniques for laceration repair with optimal results. Your Dr.STITCH surgeon can meet you at a nearby hospital or one of our conveniently located offices. We are contracted as in-network providers for a range of health plans and our physicians are affiliated with hospitals throughout Long Island, Queens, and Manhattan, New York. Learn more about how Dr.STITCH works. We hope you never need us, but we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you. Download our contact card.

Post Treatment Care Tips for Cuts and Lacerations

If you treated a minor scrape or cut at home, it is important to keep the area clean and change the bandage several times a day. If the wound becomes swollen or red, or if it continues to bleed, please seek professional medical care.

For lacerations treated by a medical professional, be sure to follow all instructions for post-treatment care. Read the Dr.STITCH post procedure care guidelines to learn about our scar treatment program and read frequently asked questions about post-procedure care for cuts, lacerations, and wounds.

Dr.STITCH Stories

We hope that you, your kids, and everyone in our community stays safe. When accidents do happen though, we’re glad we can help. We are also honored when we get to share happy updates from recovered Dr.STITCH patients. Read some of the inspiring stories from Dr.STITCH patients.