Laceration repair refers to the closure of skin wounds, typically with the use of sutures. Superficial lacerations can usually be attended to in your doctor’s office, while larger and deeper lacerations, those that impact cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face or hands, and infected lacerations that require surgical debridement may require a specialist’s care. Laceration repair that is provided soon after the patient receives their wound can reduce the risk of infection and unnecessary skin scarring. Stitches provided in suture repair are not usually absorbable and will require a second visit to your physician to be removed – usually within three days to two weeks later. In certain cases, your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic and/or tetanus shot as part of your post-wound care. Patients should be vigilant about reporting signs of infection of their sutured wound, such as redness, inflammation, fluid or pus drainage, red streaks on the skin and/or chills and fever.