A laceration is a wound anywhere on the body caused by a sharp or dull object. Depending on the sharpness of the object the edges may be jagged, dirty, or bleeding. Lacerations most often affect the skin but any tissue may be lacerated, including subcutaneous fat, tendon, nerves, blood vessels, muscle, or bone.
Plastic surgeons form part of the team of primary care physicians, emergency room physicians, and surgeons who repair lacerations. The main goals are to stop bleeding, prevent infection, preserve function, and restore appearance.
Dr. Walker is trained in the techniques and suture materials available to minimize scarring and using these can improve the appearance of many scars by simply handling the laceration correctly.