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Lacerations

Lacerations

General considerations

Craniofacial injuries are often associated with lacerations. These existing soft-tissue injuries can be used to directly access fracture sites for fracture management.
The surgeon may elect to extend the laceration to attain enough access to the fractured area, unless this would result in a worse esthetic outcome. Additional incisions are placed starting from the wound margins along the relaxed skin tension lines (RSTL).