Per report by the AKC in 2015, every year 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; and at least half that number are children. These can be devastating injuries and it is important to seek proper medical attention. Read more our page Dog Bites: Treatment by a Plastic Surgeon.
A plastic surgeon may be needed depending on the depth, size, and location of the wound. The first priority is to make sure the wound is debrided properly for any foreign material and dead tissue and then washed out to prevent infection; a drain may need to be placed if the wound is large. If the wound is in a cosmetically sensitive area, such as the face, then having a plastic surgeon take care of the dog bite can improve the appearance of the repair and reduce the chances of deformity.
Below is a video of a patient who had a dog bite to his ear. This was repaired by an emergency room physician and he was given follow up in our Craniofacial Team of Texas office. There was some missing tissue on his helix and so the patient chose to undergo a revision of the repair in our office to have better cosmesis. He had amazing results 3 weeks after repair!