Leave bandage in place for 1-12 hours. You may continue your normal bathing routine (bath, shower) – gently cleansing the affected areas with soap and water. You may also go swimming in pool or ocean (no lake) unless otherwise instructed.
- Cleanse the area with Hydrogen peroxide 1-2 times a day. Use alcohol in the scalp to avoid bleaching dark hair.
- Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment (Polysporin, Aquaphor, Vaseline ointment).
- Cover with a breathable band-aid if indicated. Rotate the direction of the band-aid daily. If a band-aid is used during the day, you may want to leave area open at night.
The area may develop a small red ring and a soft central crust that may be yellow-green. Do not let the area become too dry and form a thick scab or stay too moist.
If bleeding occurs, press the area continuously with a clean gauze or bandage for 10 minutes. Don’t look!! – Then check the area. If bleeding persists, repeat for 10 minutes. If bleeding continues, call the office.
Remember: Surgery means that part of the skin is traumatized. A scar is inevitable. We, of course, attempt to have this scar be as inconspicuous as possible.
If a specimen was sent to the pathologist for examination, you should receive a letter or phone call with the lab results by the end of 3 weeks. If you have not heard from the office in 2 weeks, then please call.