Ugeskr Læger 2014;176:V05140308
Treatment of traumatic facial injuries
Correct treatment of traumatic facial lacerations is essential to achieve the best cosmetic and functional outcome. This article discusses wound management, anatomy and techniques to repair lacerations of scalp, eyelid, nose, lip and ear. Scalp lacerations should be sutured in layers. Injury to the eyelid mandates a careful examination of the eye. Accurate adaptation of the lid margin is required. Nasal septum haematoma must be drained and the nares and alar margins aligned. The key to proper repair of lip laceration is alignment of the vermillion border. Injury to the ear can often be closed in one layer.