Degloved Face

What is a degloved face?

Degloved face occurs when a large piece of skin and the layer of soft tissue right under it partially or completely rip from your face. These layers of skin don’t receive blood even if they are still attached to the injured area.

Degloved face injuries are very serious. If you have one, there won’t be much doubt in your mind about what’s happened: Your skin will be stripped back from the injured area like a glove.

Degloved face can range from superficial to dangerously deep. Depending on how intense your injury is, it might be fixable or there could be serious negative long-term effects. If part of your skin has been degloved, you should treat it as soon as possible.


How Does Degloved Face Happen

Degloving face are often caused by accidents involving industrial or farm equipment, but there are several other potential causes, including:

  • Animal bites
  • Car accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Sports mishaps


Types of Degloving Injuries

When the skin and tissue are ripped away and the muscles and bones underneath are exposed, this is characterized as an open degloving injury. In some cases, the skin may still be partially attached and hanging as a flap near the wound. The most common areas for open degloving injuries are the legs, torso, scalp, and the face

A closed degloving injury is a bit more complicated, as the top layer of skin remains intact even though it has been separated from the tissue underneath it. Degloving injuries invariably require major surgical interventions. Treatment options include replantation or revascularization of the degloved skins, or when these are not possible, skin grafts or skin flaps.


How to Prevent Degloved Injuries from Happening

Be Cautious with Animals

Many bites that result in a degloved face are preventable. Always ask animal owners if it is okay to approach or pet their animals when they are on a leash.  Stay away from wild, stray, or unknown animals, and never leave small children unattended in the presence of an animal.

Choose an animal that fits your lifestyle. Certain types or breeds of animals have strange guardian or hunting instincts that can result in dangerous attacks on humans.

Avoid Overexertion

Overexertion is an issue that can affect nearly all industries, which is why it tops the list of workplace injuries. Workers can overexert themselves by straining a muscle, throwing out their back, or otherwise injuring themselves while lifting or moving an object.

Be mindful of collisions with equipment

In any work environment that includes heavy equipment, such as forklifts or dozers, employees are at risk of being injured by a collision with this equipment. Construction accidents are a very common cause of degloved face injuries. Always keep your eyes out for any heavy objects falling off of a warehouse shelf, cabinet or any other objects that could potentially cause serious injury.

Understand machinery entanglement risk

Machine entanglement has been reported as one of the major causes of degloved injuries. In manufacturing environments and other workplaces where employees work on or near machinery, there is a chance that employees could get their clothing, hair, or body part caught in machinery. Adopt the best operating practices when using and working near the machines. You must never wear loose clothing or jewelry near the machine or equipment. Always tie your hair up if it is long.

Anyone who is operating heavy equipment must also have the relevant training. It is not the best kind of equipment for trial and error, because it can be dangerous for both the operator and other workers.

Watch your steps

Over a quarter of all workplace injuries that keep employees home from work are due to slips, trips, and falls. The possibility of losing your balance is possible in any workplace, but some worksites include the additional hazard of operating at elevated heights. While falls are a real danger for older adults, they aren’t an inevitable part of aging. Simple precautions can reduce your fall risk long before degloved injury happens.

Understand the risk of riding a motorcycle

There are numerous reasons why riding a motorcycle puts you at high risk for being involved in a crash that can result in severe injuries degloved injuries or death. One reason why is that even the smallest obstacles, like leaves, wet pavement, or cracks in the road, can cause accidents. Another reason is that motorcycles are more difficult to see than cars and drivers often do not look for them, increasing the risk of cars hitting motorcycles.

Your attention should always be on the road and what is around you, whether that is other cars, a turn, road hazards, pedestrians, or anything else. Paying close attention to your surroundings will allow you to see obstacles right away, providing you with the time you need to avoid them.

Understand the risks of driving a car

According to available data, an estimated 2.74 million people were injured in vehicle crashes last year. Injuries resulting from traffic accidents are as varied as the individual circumstances of each collision, but some types of injuries are more common than others. Soft tissue injuries such as degloved face injuries are some of the most common types of injury resulting from a car accident. Wearing your seatbelt is one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of death and serious injury from a car crash.

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