Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Bryn Mawr, Villanova & Communities Near The Main Line Of Philadelphia, PA
Not all procedures we perform here at Main Line Plastic Surgery are routine. We regularly see patients in Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, Bryn Mawr, and other nearby areas in Pennsylvania who are suffering severe trauma and need emergency care to treat burns, cuts, lacerations or other injuries.
Emergency Care at Main Line Plastic Surgery
Emergency care here at Main Line Plastic Surgery is provided 24 hours per day, seven days a week. If you suffer a laceration, hand injury, facial trauma, or other issue at night, during the weekend, or on a holiday, please contact our hotline immediately Text or Call.
What are Some of the Common Injuries that Might Require Emergency Plastic Surgery?
If you suffer a traumatic injury that involves soft tissue only, chances are you will go to the nearest emergency room where you will receive a thorough evaluation and discussion of treatment. It's not uncommon to view soft tissue injuries as being minor. However, without prompt and proper repair, there are cosmetic and functional risks.
Some of the injuries that a plastic surgeon may need to examine right away include:
- Nasal trauma. People of all ages can experience an injury to the nose. This can result from an auto accident, sport injury, or just playing a little too rough. Nasal injuries can cause cosmetic deformities, pain, and chronic chondritis if not properly handled earlier rather than later. Emergency plastic surgery may prevent these, as well as septal hematoma and breathing issues due to poor healing.
- Scalp lacerations. This common injury may also occur for a number of reasons, including riding a bicycle without a helmet and experiencing a fall. Whatever the cause of a scalp laceration, the concern is how deep the wound goes. An emergency room doctor can evaluate the area for galea injury and debris in and around the wound. They can clean away the debris, but you need a plastic surgeon to repair damaged tissue in a way that may prevent significant scarring.
- Cheek lacerations. When the cheek has been badly cut, the doctor first examines the thickness of the laceration. This measures whether the laceration affects only the skin or also the subcutaneous tissue and muscle. Cheek lacerations can also extend to the intra-oral mucosa inside the mouth. One of the concerns with cheek lacerations is injury to facial nerves, of which there are five branches. A plastic surgeon will carefully evaluate all five branches of the facial nerve before beginning to repair the laceration.
- Eyebrow or eyelid lacerations. These are some of the most common facial injuries that may require emergency plastic surgery. Prompt care for an eyelid laceration can reduce scarring and changes in eyelid position that could result in excessive tearing or, conversely, excessive dryness or irritation. Similarly, if a laceration to the eyebrow area is not well-repaired, the appearance of the eye may be altered to a tight or droopy state.
Am I a Good Candidate for Emergency Care?
If you have suffered a serious injury, don’t wait. Even if you feel your treatment isn’t that urgent, it is best to have things looked at right away to prevent infection and minimize the amount of disfigurement you experience. Those who seek treatment right away tend to have shorter recovery periods and less downtime than others.
What to Expect* after Emergency Care
Most of the emergency cases we handle do not require admittance to any hospital. We will do our best to treat you quickly so that you can get on with your busy day. Of course, how fast you can be seen will depend on a variety of factors such as the number of other patients in the emergency room. In any case:
We will do our best to ensure you are as comfortable as possible while you wait, and that any friends or family members who accompany you are treated with dignity and respect.
Recovering from Emergency Care
You will be given aftercare instructions, which could involve a follow-up appointment at our office. Please follow these instructions very carefully, and do not hesitate to contact us again if you have any questions or find that you are not responding to treatment as you had anticipated.
Main Line Plastic Surgery is proud to provide emergency care to patients in Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, Bucks County, Upper Darby, Abington, and other nearby areas in Pennsylvania, as well as in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jean if you need emergency care after hours.
* Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the procedure, and the aftercare program.