When stitches are needed for a laceration injury on Staten Island, or in the Southwest corridor of Brooklyn, the practice of plastic surgeon Michael J. Lacqua, M.D., responds 24/7

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A laceration, or cut, should be immediately attended to – regardless of severity.

Whether you’ve sliced your palm while cutting a bagel in Dongan Hills, cut your finger during a home-improvement project in Willowbrook, or are dealing with a child’s wound in Rossville, all lacerations have two things in common: Bleeding and a threat of infection.

“Both of these acute care issues need to be addressed when treating a laceration,” says board certified wound care expert Dr. Michael J. Lacqua, a Staten Island-based plastic surgeon offering round-the-clock response to hand injuries and injuries requiring stitches.

Should an accident result in a laceration, Dr. Lacqua advises you take the following steps:


To stop bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure, using gauze if available. If blood soaks through, add more gauze, keeping the first layer in place. Continue to apply pressure.

Normally, when you bleed, your blood forms clots to stop the bleeding. Severe bleeding may require first aid or a trip to the emergency room. If you have a bleeding disorder, keep in mind your blood does not form clots normally.


Cleanse the injury with tepid water and mild soap.

“Remember, even if a cut seems minor, it’s always important to clean it – upon initial response and throughout the healing process,” Dr. Lacqua says.


Take steps to avoid infection by applying a topical antibiotic ointment, such as Bacitracin or Neosporin.


See a doctor if you are uncertain about the need for a tetanus shot. Immediate and proper wound care can prevent tetanus infection.

Tetanus is a serious illness caused by Clostridium bacteria. The bacteria live in soil, saliva, dust, and manure. The bacteria can enter the body through a deep cut, like those you might get from stepping on a nail, or through a burn.

A vaccine can prevent tetanus. It is given as a part of routine childhood immunization. Adults should get a tetanus shot, or booster, every 10 years. If you get a bad cut, see your doctor –  you may need a booster.


Serious cuts may require first aid, followed by a visit to your doctor, particularly if the laceration looks deep or the middle of the wound resembles chicken fat.

You should also seek attention if:

  • You cannot close it yourself
  • You are unable to stop the bleeding
  • You cannot get the dirt out

“If you are uncertain about the severity of the wound, or the need for stitches, it’s always best to have it checked by a qualified medical professional,” Dr. Lacqua says.


Staten Island-based Michael J. Lacqua, M.D., is a preeminent plastic/reconstructive surgeon, hand surgeon and board certified wound care expert. Dr. Lacqua’s practice administers experienced, round-the-clock plastic surgery response to hand injuries and injuries requiring stitches – throughout Staten Island and the Southwest corridor of Brooklyn.

Treatment and surgical procedures following an accident are performed in either of Dr. Lacqua’s two offices (Staten Island, or Bay Ridge, Brooklyn), or at a local hospital.

Helping diminish the financial angst of those dealing with a sudden injury, the surgical practice works in tandem with patients and their insurance companies with a goal of providing optimum care with little or no out-of-pocket expense to the patient.


24-Hour Telephone: 718-761-3700

Dr. Lacqua’s offices are located at:

  • 2372 Victory Boulevard; Staten Island, NY 10314
  • 9602 4th Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11209


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