Skin Biopsy (cont.)
After the Procedure
- Your doctor will put a bandage over your biopsy site. Keep this bandage dry. You may be advised to wash the wound, apply antibacterial ointment
or petrolatum (Vaseline) and change the bandage daily.
- If you have stitches, you need to keep the area clean and dry. Follow instructions regarding when and how to wash the wound. Stitches on the face are removed in 5-8 days. Stitches placed elsewhere on the body are removed in
7-14 days. Adhesive strips are left in place for 10-21 days.
- If you have pain at the biopsy site, talk with your doctor about medication to relieve it. In most cases, discomfort is minimal and requires nothing more than an over-the-counter pain medication.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014
Darilyn Campbell Falck, MD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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