POST PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS FOR BIOPSY, EXCISION &
You have just had a procedure
done. This leaflet provides information on the care of your procedure site.
Punch Biopsy or Excision Biopsy
- Keep the wound clean
and dry for 24-48 hours.
- Remove the dressing
after 24-48 hours.
- Clean the sutured
wound using cotton balls or cotton buds with the prescribed cleansing
solution. Gently remove any scabs that may have formed.
Clean the sutured wound and its edges.
- Dab the wound dry
before applying the prescribed ointment.
- Cover the sutured
wound with a clean dressing e.g. Gauze, Airstrip plaster or Melolin nonadhesive dressing and secure with micropore tape.
- Keep the dressing
clean and dry.
- Repeat the dressing
once or twice a day depending on the cleanliness of the wound, until the date when the stitches are removed.
- Absorbable sutures
gradually dissolve under the skin and remnants (white fragments) may occasionally be extruded via the original
surgical site. Please be assured that this is a normal and expected occurrence.
- Avoid strenuous
exercise or activity for the first 2 weeks as this may delay healing.
- Abstain from
swimming till the wound is completely healed.
- See your doctor on
_________for review and removal of stitches.
- Avoid smoking or
alcohol for at least a week after your biopsy as they can slow down wound
healing. If you would like to give up smoking, do inform your doctor or the
It is unlikely that
your wound will bleed, but if this happens, do not panic. Sit or lie down and
apply continuous firm pressure over the dressing for 20 minutes. If the
bleeding continues after 20 minutes of direct pressure, seek medical attention.
Please inform us, if
there is any discharge, swelling, excessive bleeding or increasing pain around
In case of any
complications after office hours, please go to the nearest general practitioner
or hospital for advice.
Shave Biopsy or Electrocautery
- No suturing is
- Clean the affected
area with cleansing solution and apply topical ointment twice daily (morning/ night), unless other instructions have been
given to you.
- A scab may form
after the surgery and it may take 5 - 14 days to drop off.
- Avoid peeling off
the scab, let it drop off by itself.
- Avoid excessive
sun exposure for wounds located on sun-exposed parts of the body during the
healing process. This is to minimise the incidence and duration of skin
darkening over the wound that may occur after the procedure.
- Frequent use of
sunscreens is encouraged after the healing process is completed.
- DO NOT apply any
other medicated lotion or cream when the crust is still present to prevent skin