Excision of Skin Lesions
Excisions of skin and facial lesion are some of the most common procedures done in our practice. Once your lesion has been excised, it will take two to three working days to get the pathology results. You doctor or a nurse will call to inform you of your results, or you may be given the results at your follow-up visit. The following are some tips for post-operative wound care.
If you doctor has placed Steri-Strips on your incision site, keep them dry for 48 hours. You then can gently wet them while bathing, but try no to saturate them with water. These strips will fall off in 3 to 10 days. Allow them to fall off naturally. If more than 50% of the strip is hanging off, feel free to remove the strip completely. These strips help keep tension off on the healing incision site.
If you have stitches, we recommend you keep the area dressed with an antibiotic ointment once a day. Any over-the-counter ointment is appropriate. The incision should be kept dry for 24 hours after the surgery. You may clean the incision site with hydrogen peroxide to remove any dried blood or crusting, but if you donít see either of these things, it is not necessary. Keep the are covered until the stitches are removed; a Band-Aid is appropriate for small incisions, while gauze or Telfa-pads should be used for larger incisions.
Your doctor may place you on an oral antibiotic after surgery. This is to prevent a wound infection. If your incision site becomes red, increasingly painful or starts to drain pus, please contact our office immediately.
Stitches in the face or neck will be removed in 5 to 7 days. Stitches on other parts of the body will be removed in 7 to 10 days.