Post-op Instructions for patients following minor surgery are as follows:
- You may resume showering the day after your procedure.
- Please remove your bandage before the shower and gently wash the incision with soap and water daily.
- Please dab the incision dry afterwards and apply a light application of Vaseline and a band-aid. If the incision is on your face, you may opt to leave it open to the air. Continue to perform a light application of Vaseline twice daily to promote moist wound healing.
- Do not apply Polysporin as many patients will develop a reaction following prolonged use, which may resemble a wound infection.
- Do not apply hydrogen peroxide or other topical treatments as these can be quite harsh on the incision and may impede wound healing.
- Mild bleeding may occur at the surgical site. If bleeding occurs, please apply constant pressure to the site for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, please continue to apply firm pressure and contact our office. If after hours, present to your local emergency room.
- Smoking cessation is recommended for 4 weeks pre- and post-operatively to decrease risk of infection and wound healing complications. Nicotine supplements are also not recommended given similar risk of complications.
- Over-the-counter medication may reduce discomfort after the local anesthetic wears off. Tylenol or Extra-Strength Tylenol may be used. Advil, Aleve, or other anti-inflammatories may increase your risk of bleeding and should be avoided if possible.
Mild redness is often seen at the surgical site in reaction to the sutures. If the redness extends beyond a thumb’s breadth or if you notice any of the following signs, please contact our office and arrange urgent follow up: Fever, Increasing redness around the surgical site and/or drainage from the wound or/and Increasing pain
- Please refrain from strenuous activity and sports for 2 weeks after your minor procedure. Any activity that increases your heart rate and blood pressure also increases your risk of bleeding and swelling.
- For facial procedures, you may wish to elevate your head on 2-3 pillows while sleeping to reduce swelling. Cold compresses may also be used for the first 48 hours following surgery. Please do not place ice directly on your skin; an interface such as a facecloth is recommended to lower risk of cold injury.
- Surgical removal of a skin lesion will always leave a scar. The goal is to minimize scar appearance over time. This may be achieved through meticulous wound closure as well as orienting the scar to follow natural skin creases. The scar appearance may then become more subtle over time.
- Following suture removal, sunscreen is recommended at the surgical site for one year post-operatively to optimize healing and to allow the scar to fade.
- Scar massage is recommended several times daily beginning approximately 3 weeks post-operatively. This may soften the scar tissue and desensitize the region as the scar matures. Final scar appearance will be seen at one year following surgery.
- Your follow up appointment for suture removal, if required, will generally be 6-7 days later for suture removal on the face and 10-14 days for body procedures.
- If you have any questions during your post-operative course, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
There is minimal downtime following these procedures and patients are able to resume work and showering the following day.
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