AFTER YOUR SKIN BIOPSY

AFTER YOUR SKIN BIOPSY 

At Unity Skin Clinic, we carry out a Skin Biopsy as a treatment procedure .

What are the aims of this leaflet?

 

This leaflet explains how to take care of your wound(s) when you leave hospital. If you have any questions, please see our contact details on page two.   

Will I have any pain?

The local anaesthetic will begin to wear off about 30-40 minutes after the operation. If you experience any discomfort from your wound, you can take simple painkillers such as paracetamol to help with this.   

Always follow the instructions on the packet and never take more than the recommended dose.   

Check that the painkillers will not react with any other medicines you are taking. If you are unsure or if you have allergies to any medicines, speak to your pharmacist. 

How should I look after my wound?

·         Keep your dressing dry for the first 24 – 48 hours depending on the nurse instructions.  

·         After 24 – 48 hours remove your dressing and wash the wound with soap and water (shampoo if on the scalp), either by washing in a shower or by splashing the treated area with warm soapy water. The dressing may be easier to remove if you wet it first. Flowing water will help to remove any scabs that may have formed

·          Gently pat your wound dry. 

·         Apply a thin layer of clean Vaseline® (or antibiotic ointment if it has been prescribed for you) directly over your stitches with your clean hands. This will help to keep your wound clean and moist and will prevent scabs from forming.

·         Apply a waterproof plaster (not fabric) directly over the wound.  Repeat this routine every day, once a day until the stitches are removed by your practice nurse, or if there are no stitches, until the wound has completely healed over. 

Bruising. This is common, especially if the area of your biopsy was close to your eyes. To help the bruising to heal, avoid taking aspirin, unless your GP has prescribed this. 

Bleeding.  It is unlikely that your wound will bleed, but if this happens, don’t panic. Sit down and press firmly over the dressing for 15 minutes. If you are at all worried, please phone the hospital using the contact details in this leaflet. In the unlikely event you have uncontrollable bleeding, please contact your dermatologist.

 Signs of infection: what to look out for

It is expected that your wound will be slightly red and tender to touch for the first couple of days after your surgery, but if the wound becomes very painful, very hot, very red and swollen, please contact your dermatologist  as soon as possible, as these may be signs of infection and you may need antibiotics. 

Smoking. Try to avoid smoking for the first week after your surgery. Smoking significantly delays wound healing. It increases the risk of infection and can contribute to a more prominent scar. If you would like help giving up smoking, please speak to your doctor.  

Will I have a follow-up appointment?

 You will be given a follow-up appointment on the day of your biopsy only if necessary. This will vary from patient to patient. Please check with the nurse before you leave.  

 

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

 

 

Unity Skin Clinic

Expert Care for your Skin

Acacia Mall

Plot 8A-12A Cooper road

Kisementi-Kololo

P.O Box 608 Ntinda

+256414694635

www.unityskinclinic.com

info@unityskinclinic.com