Facial Laceration

ExitCare ImageA facial laceration is a cut on the face. It can take 1 to 2 years for the scar to heal completely.


For stitches (sutures):

  • Keep the cut clean and dry.

  • If you have a bandage (dressing), change it at least once a day. Change the bandage if it gets wet or dirty, or as told by your doctor.

  • Wash the cut with soap and water 2 times a day. Rinse the cut with water. Pat it dry with a clean towel.

  • Put a thin layer of medicated cream on the cut as told by your doctor.

  • You may shower after the first 24 hours. Do not soak the cut in water until the stitches are removed.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Have your stitches removed as told by your doctor.

  • Do not wear makeup until a few days after your stitches are removed.

For skin adhesive strips:

  • Keep the cut clean and dry.

  • Do not get the strips wet. You may take a bath, but be careful to keep the cut dry.

  • If the cut gets wet, pat it dry with a clean towel.

  • The strips will fall off on their own. Do not remove the strips that are still stuck to the cut.

For wound glue:

  • You may shower or take baths. Do not soak or scrub the cut. Do not swim. Avoid heavy sweating until the glue falls off on its own. After a shower or bath, pat the cut dry with a clean towel.

  • Do not put medicine or makeup on your cut until the glue falls off.

  • If you have a bandage, do not put tape over the glue.

  • Avoid lots of sunlight or tanning lamps until the glue falls off. Put sunscreen on the cut for the first year to reduce your scar.

  • The glue will fall off on its own. Do not pick at the glue.

You may need a tetanus shot if:

  • You cannot remember when you had your last tetanus shot.

  • You have never had a tetanus shot.

If you need a tetanus shot and you choose not to have one, you may get tetanus. Sickness from tetanus can be serious.


  • Your cut gets red, painful, or puffy (swollen).

  • There is yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the cut.

  • You have chills or a fever.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.