A laceration is described as a wound of the skin resulting from a sharp object and creating a puncture that may be jagged, dirty, or bleeding. In some instances the wound can penetrate into the deeper tissues and even bone. A reconstructive procedure is performed in order to stop bleeding, prevent infection, and preserve the function of the area. Lacerations are best repaired as soon as conveniently possible to decrease the risk of infection and promote healing with the least amount of scarring. A patient should consult with their physician to repair a laceration if the wound is still bleeding after ten to fifteen minutes of applying pressure, or the length of the wound exceeds one-eighth inch deep. Also consult your physician if you see impaired function of the area, exposed fat, muscle, tendon or bone, or if the cut contains dirt or debris. It is important that you follow the directions given by your physician in order to prevent infection. Treatment can often be performed in our office. The surgeons and staff at The Face & Body Center are available to discuss any questions you may have by calling 866-939-4999 or 939-9999 in the Jackson Metro Area.