Rivela Plastic Surgery will be open to treat patients with Lacerations or cuts

By: Rivela Plastic Surgery | Published 03/30/2020

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- In response to the COVID19 crisis, Rivela Plastic Surgery will be open to treat patients with lacerations or cuts requiring sutures on an individual bases to help ease the burden on local hospitals and ERs. Call 281.681.3905 for assistance.

Know When Medical Assistance Is Needed

•If laceration is deeper or longer than 1/2 inch or if fatty tissue, muscle, or bone is exposed
•If all the dirt or debris cannot be removed from the wound
•With ongoing bleeding from the wound site each time the dressing is changed
•When the wound remains painful and inflamed and does not improve within a few days
•If the wound drainage appears to be excessive, smelly, or discolored
•If the wound turns black or does not appear to be healing
•If the wound appears to become larger

Your skin is the largest organ of your bodies. While it is soft enough to allow movement, it is usually tough enough that it can resist breakage and tears and is made up of two main layers.
The surface layer of the skin is known as the EPIDERMIS. This layer is made up of several sheets of skin cells. The DERMIS is the layer which lies underneath the epidermis and is made up of elastic fibers layer known as ELASTIN which gives the skin a supple feel, and protein fibers of collagen which give the skin its strength. As we age, our bodies lose collagen which is why older skin becomes more fragile.

The sebaceous glands, hair follicles, nerves and blood vessels are all located in the dermis. Skin cuts and wounds can affect each of these areas which is why if left untreated there is a high risk of infection which can lead to further tissue damage and complications.

Multiple factors that can effect healing
•A person’s general state of health
•Your age – older skin takes longer to heal than younger skin
•Your Dietary factors – proper nutrition can benefit skin healing rate
•Any Pre-existing medical conditions which can slow down skin healing
•Smoking and drugs can also affect the skin healing rate

Instructions for Care For Minor Lacerations

If the laceration is small and the individual is not bleeding a lot, apply firm pressure to the area of the wound until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding does not stop within ten minutes or if blood is squirting profusely from the wound, you should seek medical assistance.

Once the bleeding is under control and has stopped, ensure that the wound is washed thoroughly under running tap water. All dirt and debris should be removed from the wound with a clean towel – PLEASE DO NOT USE COTTON BALLS OR TISSUES AS THEY CAN TEND TO LEAVE FIBERS IN THE WOUND. Carefully pat the area around the wound dry.
If bleeding starts again, apply further firm compression. The wound should be covered with a non-stick dressing pad.

For advice on appropriate wound dressing, you can ask your local pharmacy or our office.Dressings should be changed regularly, especially if it becomes wet, soiled, or soaked from wound drainage.

Call Rivela Plastic Surgery at 281.681.3905.

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