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Knowing when a wound requires stitches can be difficult for the regular person. If a laceration does not get the proper treatment, the risk for infection, nerve and muscle damage, and scarring increases. It requires an expert to identify the correct method for laceration repair. Dr. Schultz is the go-to dermatologist in NYC for men, women, teens, and children who require stitches following an injury. Using specialized tools and the right method for suturing, Dr. Schultz can reduce the risk of complications, promote healing, and minimize scarring. It's important to see a specialist as soon as possible after an injury. In most cases, that means being seen within 24 hours in order to maximize the body's ability to heal. Some of the most common indicators that a wound needs stitches include:

  • The wound is deep
  • The wound has debris in it
  • The wound won't stop bleeding
  • The wound is more than half an inch long
  • The wound was created by an animal bite
  • The wound is a puncture from a rusty, dirty, or sharp object

When your body heals a laceration on its own, chances are that the wound had irregular margins that cause more scarring. It isn't always possible to completely avoid scarring. However, lacerations that are repaired with stitches are closed with clear margins and the right technique to promote optimal healing. The difference can be massive. Lacerations that are left to heal on their own may form dark, lumpy, or indented scars. Alternatively, lacerations repaired with stitches tend to heal as flat, light-colored scars that are more likely to fade over time.

Recovering from a laceration that was repaired with stitches is a much easier process than letting a wound heal on its own. The clean margins and closure of the wound allow your body to heal faster because it reduces the wound's size. Your wound may be closed with regular sutures or dissolvable sutures. Depending on the location and size of your wound, it may take between 5-14 days for the sutures to be removed. Dissolvable stitches tend to absorb into the skin within two weeks. Following the suture removal, Dr. Schultz will instruct you on how to care for the new, delicate skin to further promote healing and minimize scarring.

Dr. Schultz has become the Upper East Side and NYC's go-to dermatologist because of his expertise and close attention to detail. After carefully examining your laceration, Dr. Schultz may recommend stitches to close the wound. While this isn't the case for every laceration, Dr. Schultz will further discuss his recommended treatment plan so that you know why stitches are necessary. At Park Avenue Skin Care, we've designed our office to be a clean and soothing environment with the best equipment and modern furniture. That means you'll be kept comfortable throughout your entire visit.

When you see Dr. Schultz for a laceration repair with stitches, your comfort is his priority. After examining your wound, Dr. Schultz may determine that stitches are the best way to promote healing and minimize scarring. The wound will then be cleaned, and you will receive a shot to make the area numb. The shot of lidocaine is most frequently described as a quick sting, and it works wonders to prevent you from feeling any pain throughout the procedure. Depending on your individual case, Dr. Schultz may opt for regular or dissolvable sutures. The process of suturing a wound is straightforward and fast, but it requires an expert to make sure that the right technique and type of suture is used. Before you leave, you'll learn everything you need to know about how to care for your wound and the stitches as it heals. If your stitches aren't dissolvable, the Park Avenue Skin Care team will schedule you for a follow-up appointment to have the sutures removed after the appropriate amount of time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do all lacerations need stitches?

    No. Depending on the laceration's size, depth, and location, stitches may be Read More

  • Can I also get a tetanus injection at the time of my appointment?

    Yes. Your health and safety are our priority. If there is a Read More

  • How quickly can I get an appointment after an injury that requires stitches?

    We work hard to make sure that our patient's needs are met. Read More

  • How long does it take for the stitches to come out?

    It depends on the type of stitches you receive. Dissolvable stitches tend Read More

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