A biopsy is a type of procedure that removes a small sample of skin to test for different types of rashes, skin lesions, abnormal moles, and skin cancers.
A biopsy is a tool used to help diagnose – it is not meant as a treatment.
- You may experience mild discomfort when the local anesthetic wears off in 45-60mins. If necessary, pain can be managed with Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
- Keep biopsy site covered with band aid and dry for the first 24hrs.
- After 24hrs remove band aid. Gently wash with mild soap. Pat to dry.
- Apply Vaseline or Aquaphor healing ointment – cover with band aid.
- Shave biopsy (no sutures), it may take 4 weeks to fully heal.
- Keep moist with Vaseline – scabs delay wound healing
- Avoid swimming in ponds or lakes for 48hours. Clean pool water is fine.
- Punch biopsy (sutures are present), keep covered with ointment and band aid until sutures are removed (other than showers).
- Avoid swimming until sutures are removed
What to expect:
- Slight discomfort/pain
- Minimal bleeding
- If persistent bleeding, apply firm pressure with a clean cloth or gauze for 15-20mins to stop the bleeding. If bleeding continues call our office to speak with nurse.
- Redness around the site
- Slight drainage (yellowish/white color)
- If you experience a fever, red streaks from the area, or foul odor, please give the office a call immediately to speak with a nurse.
Results may take up to 7-10days to get back. If results are abnormal, a nurse will call within 2 weeks. No news is good news. If you do not hear from our office within 2weeks, you may call