Facial lacerations are cuts in the facial region. These cuts may be minor, requiring very little treatment, or they can be quite serious.
Serious facial lacerations can lead to significant complications and may require complex care. Facial lacerations can occur in several different regions of the face and mouth, including the forehead, lips, cheeks, chin, and the soft tissues inside of the mouth.
No matter how minor the lacerations appear when occur, it is essential that you seek treatment immediately.
What Causes Facial Lacerations?
Facial lacerations can occur for many reasons. Common causes include:
- Automobile accidents.
- Occupational injuries, such as a fall from a ladder.
- Slipping and falling in or around the home.
- Running into an object, such as a dresser.
- Sports-related accidents, such as being struck with a bat or other piece of equipment.
- Physical altercations.
Types of Facial Lacerations
Facial lacerations can be simple, or they can be complex. There are many different types, including:
- Simple lacerations. This is usually linear and involves only the skin and a small amount of soft tissue. Infections rarely occur with these injuries, and they typically heal quite quickly.
- V-shaped lacerations. These types of lacerations often cause a flap of skin to be lifted.
- Burst lacerations. A burst laceration occurs when an object pierces the skin, leaving multiple small lacerations that spread out in all directions away from the point of impact.
- Complex lacerations. These types of lacerations involve muscle tissue, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves. They can also impact salivary glands and ducts in certain areas of the face.
Complications Caused by Facial Lacerations
Getting treatment after suffering a facial laceration is essential, even if the injury does not seem all that severe at the time. Untreated facial lacerations can cause serious complications. You may develop an infection if the wound is not properly cleaned out. The wound may not heal properly, which can then result in the development of an unsightly scar on your face.
Depending upon the severity of the laceration, other components of your face may also be affected. For instance, if your nerves have been affected by the laceration, you may lose sensation. If the salivary glands or ducts are affected, you may be faced with issues such as dry mouth, a condition in which there is not enough saliva in your mouth.
Treating Facial Lacerations with Oral Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are highly trained and experienced in treating a wide variety of different issues, including facial lacerations. At BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, with a thorough examination, we can determine the severity of the laceration and what components have been affected. We can expertly repair damage done to nerves, blood vessels, salivary glands and ducts, muscles, and ligaments. Additionally, we can also suture the lacerations to provide you with the greatest aesthetic results.
No matter how minor you think your facial lacerations are, it is imperative that you seek treatment right away. We can repair the lacerations, providing you not only with the best aesthetic results, but restoring functionality to any components that have been affected.
Schedule a Facial Trauma Examination
At BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can perform an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, to to determine the extent of your injuries, and allow us to formulate a treatment plan that will provide you with the best possible outcome