About Wound Care
Wound healing is a complex and dynamic process of restoring cellular structures and tissue layers. Whether a result of accidents, infections, or surgeries (like lacerations, contusions or abrasions) these common soft-tissue injuries are frequent problems resolved by the precision of a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. S. Darrell Lee. As a leading cosmetic expert, Dr. Lee will use the concept of a "reconstructive ladder" to determine the severity and type of treatment needed to provide the best outcome. Typically, the more complex the wound, the more comprehensive the surgical reconstruction, closure, and healing. Some wounds may not require reconstructive surgery but nonsurgical treatments that will aid in proper recovery. Dr. Lee will be able to discuss the pros and cons of all your option during a private consult at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Common Types of Wounds
A wound can occur for many reasons such as a trauma or surgery. Typically, a wound would fall under one of the three most common categories:
An abrasion is a wound that is caused by scraping or wearing of the skin. These types of injuries are superficial and lay on the top layer of the epidermis. Other names for these wounds include grazes or scrapes. An abrasion is the most minor of the three wounds and often requires minimal treatment with little to no scarring.
A laceration is a deep cut or tear of the skin. These types of wounds are also known as a gash, cut, or tear. These injuries are usually jagged or irregular in nature because they are often caused by a foreign object. Minor lacerations can be closed with adhesive tape or glue but deeper lacerations will require stitches.
A contusion is an injured area of skin that has resulted in a bruise. This wound is typically caused by a direct blunt force to the tissue. Most contusions heal quickly, but severe bruising can lead to deep tissue damage and can cause other complications if untreated. There are multiple therapies that can assist in healing.
Wound Care Reviews
"Success - Totally happy with what Dr. Lee did for me. I went to him for wound care after getting an infection after my hip replacement surgery. He was great throughout all of the procedures he did on me and explained everything as he went along as what he was doing. The appointments I had with him were never rushed and he answered all of my questions. I'm extremely pleased with the results. His staff..."- B. / RealSelf / Apr 11, 2017
Men and women who have acquired a wound from trauma or surgery are ideal candidates for wound care. Both simple and complex wounds can be treated by Dr. Lee to aid in optimal healing for the best cosmetic result and to prevent infection. Patients should have realistic expectations and understand that some abrasions and lacerations may leave a scar. Dr. Lee will use modern methods to help minimize scarring as much as possible.
Dr. Lee has an extensive understanding of wound physiology, anatomy, and the healing phases of wounds. With his years of experience and specialty training, he will create a customized treatment plan that will address your unique needs and concerns. Prior to any treatment, a comprehensive evaluation will be performed to determine the best avenue of care. Some wounds may only require minor treatment, while others may need stitches, skin graphs, flaps, or tissue expansion. Your surgical or nonsurgical wound treatment will be determined by the type of injury you have, its severity, the location of the wound, and your overall health.
What to expect
Treatment time and recovery will vary from patient to patient. Minor abrasions and lacerations may require stitches and bandaging which often takes 5 – 10 minutes to perform with optimal healing occurring within 5 – 7 days. Deeper wounds that require surgical reconstruction will vary in treatment time and take longer to heal. It's important to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions provided by our office to aid in optimal healing. Swelling, itching, bruising, and redness are common symptoms of wounds but pain reducers may be prescribed if needed. A follow-up appointment is often scheduled within a week from the initial treatment to review your progress.
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Proper wound care
If you have acquired a simple or complex wound from trauma or surgery, Dr. Lee can provide exceptional wound care at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Port St. Lucie and Jupiter FL. Dr. Lee uses a variety of modern methods and nonsurgical therapies to provide outstanding results. During a private consultation, Dr. Lee can go over all your treatment option to help determine which wound care service is best for you. We serve patients from all over the area, including, Vero Beach, Palm City, and Stuart, FL.