Biopsy Site Care
When we do a biopsy we take a small sample of your skin to send to the pathologist to obtain a diagnosis of a skin lesion or condition. A shave biopsy does not have stitches. A punch biopsy which is a deeper sample does have stitches. Both require daily care. It is best to wash with either soap and water or a bit of hydrogen peroxide daily. We do not advise using topical antibiotics such as neosporin, polysporin or bacitracin. Up to 10% of people may be allergic to these medications. Plain vaseline or Aquaphor are fine to apply after washing. The site should then be covered with a bandaid for at least 3 days. After that time, it may be left uncovered. For areas on which it is difficult to keep a bandaid in place, i.e. lips, mouth, eyes, scalp, etc., vaseline may be applied several times daily to keep the area moist, since wounds heal 50% faster under moist conditions.
It takes between 7 and 10 days to get biopsy results back. If your result is benign, it will be posted to your portal. You can call the office to obtain your password and login if you do not have it. If your biopsy is abnormal, Dr. Rencic will call to inform you of the result.