Post Operative Instructions – Biopsy

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.

If needed:

  1. Cleanse the area with Hydrogen peroxide 1-2 times a day.  Use alcohol in the scalp to avoid bleaching dark hair.
  2. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment (Polysporin, Aquaphor, Vaseline ointment).
  3. 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.