A laceration is a tear or cut in the skin, tissue, and/or muscle. They can vary in length, depth, and width. A laceration repair is the act of cleaning, preparing, and closing the wound.
Lacerations that are shallow, small, not bleeding, and clean may not need medical care. Antibiotic ointment and a bandage may be all that is needed.
Lacerations may need medical repair if it has:
Exposed muscle, fat, tendon, or bone
Dirt and debris in the wound, may remain even after cleaning
Feeling as if something is in the laceration, even if you cannot see any debris
Bleeding continues after applying direct pressure for 10-15 minutes
Jagged or uneven edges
Depth more than 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep
Location on area of high stress (joints, hands, feet, chest)
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The photo above is the result of a dog bite. The photo above was taken at 6 months