If cuts are deep or gaping, they may need stiches. Also if cuts are longer than ½ inch, or ¼ inch on the face, they may need stiches.
The reason to have a wound sutured (stitched), instead of just letting it heal without stitches, is that a sutured wound tends to heal with a neater scar. Cuts in areas where appearance is unimportant, such as the scalp, do not need to be sutured unless the cut is large or gaping. Cuts should be stitched within 8 hours of the injury.
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