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Laceration Repairs after Facial Injury

Dr. Louis G. Mes, board-certified plastic surgeon, is the area's recognized expert in laceration repairs whom residents in Lafayette, Lake Charles, and the surrounding communities trust for their aesthetic surgery needs.

If you suffer a deep cut, which doctors call a laceration, on your face, it needs to be repaired not only to stop bleeding, but also to reduce the risk of large, unsightly scars from forming. Laceration repair also ensures that the wound is thoroughly cleaned and the skin heals properly so that it does not affect your eyes, nose, ears, or mouth. This surgery needs to be done within 72 hours of the injury.

Often emergency room doctors and/or primary care physicians call Dr. Mes when a patient needs facial laceration repair. Some of the signs that you need laceration repair include the following:

  • Large, deep cut(s) on your face
  • Dirt or debris lodged into the skin
  • The cut is near the eye, nose, ears, or mouth

What Is Involved in Laceration Repair?

Once either local or general anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Mes will flood the injury site with a salt water solution to remove dirt and debris and to cleanse the wound. He then applies a disinfectant solution. He then repairs any damage to the muscle and other injured tissues after which he sutures the internal wound closed. The final step is to close the skin with sutures, and then dressings and bandages are applied.

During the 24 hours after the laceration repair, you will need to keep your face clean and dry. In some cases, you may need to take antibiotics to prevent infection. Dr. Mes will prescribe or recommend a cleanser for cleaning your face until it is healed completely. Any swelling and bruising should disappear within five to seven days. After the sutures are removed, the scar will be a pinkish color and will fade during the next six to twelve months. You will also need to wear sunscreen anytime you are outdoors to prevent the scar from darkening.

Facial Plastic Surgery Options Available

Some of the different facial plastic surgery options offered by Dr. Mes include the following:

If the idea of surgery does not appeal to you, Dr. Mes also offers a variety of non-invasive facial treatments such as Botox® and permanent makeup.

How Much Do Laceration Repairs Cost in Lafayette, LA?

In most cases, laceration repair is considered medically necessary, and your insurance plan may cover the cost of the procedure. If the repair is part of an emergency treatment, pre-authorization is not necessary; otherwise, you or a family member will need to inform Dr. Mes or a staff member so they can assist you with obtaining the pre-authorization. Remember you are responsible for your deductible and co-payments.

Some insurance companies consider laceration repairs to be a cosmetic procedure, so their insurance policies do not cover the cost. To make laceration repairs affordable and accessible to as many people as possible, Dr. Mes accepts CareCredit® financing to cover the cost of our services. The application process is easy, and you will be informed of your financing options in just a few hours. We also accept cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.

At his practice, which serves residents of Lafayette, Lake Charles, and surrounding communities, Dr. Mes provides a broad range of plastic surgery procedures and services to address the aesthetic concerns of his patients. He combines his expertise and more than 35 years of experience as a practicing board-certified plastic surgeon, with genuine care and compassion for his patients, to help them achieve the improvements in their appearance they desire. To learn more about plastic surgery, or to schedule an appointment, call 337-504-4336 to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable member of Dr. Mes's staff.