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Laceration of face from dogbite with flap repair.

Face Laceration - Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites can cause much deformity. Learn several situations to lessen the chance of dog bite injuries.

Michael Bermant, MD
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Children are unusually susceptible to dog bite lacerations. I am not certain if the cause is from easier to tear skin or failing to understand a dog's body language. Each of these injuries was from a dog bite. See information on preventing dog bite injuries elsewhere on this website.

Dog bites can range from simple punctures, to jagged tears, to missing gouges of flesh. The largest teeth (the canines) can penetrate minimally or catch and tears result as in these cases.

Facial reconstruction after dog bite
The lacerations Healed The lacerations Healed
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These multiple facial lacerations required debridement and plastic surgical reconstruction. I remove crushed devitalized tissue in an attempt to make the first repair count. A good reconstruction at the time of injury may prevent the need for subsequent revision. Early plastic surgery can sometimes prevent the need for later plastic surgery. Some insurance companies no longer pay for revision of scars claiming such reconstruction is "cosmetic" and not covered under the policy.


Forehead laceration from dog bite
The injury After repair
dog bite laceration face before repair photo after dog bite repair

This flap like laceration is a tear from the dog's tooth. A section of eyebrow came away with the torn skin. I angled the skin debridement along the axis of the brow hairs. This lessens the chance of non-hair bearing scar in the eyebrow. No plastic surgery revision was necessary.


Torn eyelid from dog bite
dog bite laceration eyelid / dogs

This dog bite tore at the margin of the eyelid just missing the eyeball and the tear duct that drains the eye. My reconstruction included a functional repair of the eyelid and margin to keep the eyelashes aligned


Dog bite and redness of cheek
dog bites from dogs

Dog bites can get infected easily. I frequently prescribe antibiotics to minimize the infection becoming worse. The redness responded quickly to an intravenous antibiotic.


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Bermant Dog bite plastic surgery repair reconstruction and prevention

See just how terrible dog bite injuries can be and how reconstruction can restore the deformity. Warning some of these injuries are graphic.

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Humane Society of the US Dog bite prevention

Bibliography of Articles on Dog Bites and Community Approach Dog Bite prevention - National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Dog Attack - WorldWide Legal Info Assoc

Dog Bite Alternatives - Decrease dog bite injuries through education.

Dog Bite Links - Dr. P's

Dog bite prevention in the spotlight - American Veterinary medical Association

Dog Bite Prevention - Dog Scouts of America

Dog Bite Study - Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program

Dog Bites various articles - Meisterfeld, Ph.D.

Doggone Crazy - Dog Bite Prevention Board Game. Learn about dog behavior and communication.

ER Dog Bite Information from Australia

Fatal Dog Attacks Sacks, MD

Family Paws Dog Bite Prevention

HSUS - Resources for Dog Bite Prevention

It's summer time, and the dogs are biting - CNN

Kids and Dogs: A Common Sense Approach Understanding dog bites: how they occur and how how to prevent them

Peterson Law Offices, PC What To Do After a Dog Bite

Texas 1996 Severe Attack Surveillance Summary

Why Dogs Bite A Guideline for Children - Denver Dumb Friends League


Dog Bite Law - Attorney Kenneth Phillips

Law and Dogs -

Wisconsin Assembly Bill 92



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