East Central Indiana
01/17/2019

Wound Care

Wound Care

Wound Care

All biopsies and surgeries of the skin will leave a scar. Following the guidelines below will help your wound to heal better, and lessen the appearance of the scar.

  1. Keep the wound dry for the first day. After that time, you may get the area wet, but be sure to pat the wound dry after bathing.
  2. Gently wash the treated area once or twice a day with warm water and mild soap or cleanse gently with normal saline.
  3. Apply a thin coating of Scar Recovery Gel, Vaseline petroleum jelly or Aquaphor ointment. (Available without a prescription).
  4. Covering the area with a Band-Aid is best if possible. If covering the area is not possible, applying ointment 2-3 times daily is best.
  5. Continue wound care until area appears to be pink, healthy skin. After the wound is healed, the area may remain pink for three to twelve months. Do not pick the wound or allow a scab to form as this may worsen the appearance of the scar. If using Scar Recovery Gel continue applying twice daily until the redness is gone.
  6. Tylenol may be taken for mild discomfort after the procedure. Avoid aspirin containing products, as they may increase the tendency for bleeding. If any bleeding is noted after the procedure or during wound care, apply constant firm pressure with your fingertips using a clean smooth cloth. Compress the area for a full twenty minutes. Do not peek to see if the bleeding has stopped earlier. If the bleeding persists, please contact our office.
  7. If you feel that your wound is healing with thick or abnormal scar tissue, please call our office.
  8. If your specimen was sent for histopathology (biopsy), we will usually have the results within ten to fourteen days and will call you with the results. If the biopsy report reveals skin cancer, you will need to return for further treatment. Please call our office if you have any questions or problems.

Wound Care with Stitches

  1. Keep wound dry and covered with dressing for two days.
  2. After two days, remove bandage and wash area with soap and water.
  3. Gently cleanse the area morning and night with mild soap and water or normal saline.
  4. Apply a thin coating of Scar Recovery Gel, Vaseline Petroleum jelly or Aquaphor ointment. (Available without a prescription).
  5. It is fine to apply a bandage to the site if it is in an area of friction, if it will get dirty, or if you desire to for cosmetic reasons.
  6. Continue wound care until your appointment with our office to have your stitches removed.
  7. You may have mild discomfort and swelling several hours past the surgery. Tylenol may be taken for mild discomfort. Avoid aspirin containing products as this may increase the tendency for bleeding. If severe discomfort or swelling develops, call our office at any time.
  8. A small amount of bleeding is normal after surgery. Heavy bleeding can be controlled by constant, direct pressure to the area. If bleeding is not controlled after 20 full minutes of constant direct pressure, please call our office at any time.
  9. If using Scar Recovery Gel continue applying twice daily until the redness is gone.
  10. A red, warm, swollen, and painful wound may be the first signs of infection. Please call our office if this should occur.
  11. Vigorous exercise, sweating and stretching may put the stitches under additional stress and interfere with prompt healing. Limit your activities. Do not pick the area, as this may worsen the appearance of the scar.
  12. If you feel that your wound is healing with thick or abnormal scar tissue, please call our office.
  13. If your specimen was sent for histopathology (biopsy), we will usually have the results within ten to fourteen days and we will call you with the results. Please call our office if you have any questions or problems.

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