Post-op Skin Lesion Care

 
Skin Lesion Excision and Flaps Skin grafts
If your doctor has removed a lesion and has directly closed the wound or performed a flap please follow these instructions.
 
Items needed
1.  Your prescribed ointment or double antibiotic ointment
2.  Cotton tipped applicators such as Q-tips
3.  Mild antibacterial soap and water
 
How to care for your excised lesion
Use your ointment at least twice daily. Between applications use a Q-tip to gently remove debri and old blood between the stitches then apply a layer of ointment.  
 
 
Prior to and after showering or bathing, apply a layer of ointment on your wound.  This will protect your wound.  
 
If your surgeon has placed a steri-strip over the site, please do not disturb.  Keep it dry by covering it while you shower or bathe. It is meant to last until your next office visit however occasionally it does come off.  If it comes off please follow the instructions above.
 
Please follow up for your suture removal and postoperative appointment.  Your pathology report will also be discussed then.
 
What to expect
  • Minor bleeding is normal. If it does not stop hold pressure over the area for 15 minutes.  If you are still bleeding call our office for assistance.
  • Minor swelling is also expected.  If you experience significant swelling, redness, fever more than 101 or pain please call our office
What to avoid
  • Avoid the use of blood thinners such as aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, naprosyn and Goodie powders unless otherwise directed by your doctor for pain
  • Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous actvity as this may cause the site to come apart.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If your doctor has removed a lesion and has directly closed the wound or performed a flap please follow these instructions.
 
Items needed
1. Your prescribed ointment or double antibiotic ointment
2. Cotton tipped applicators such as Q-tips
3. Mild antibacterial soap and water
 
How to care for your excised lesion
Your skin graft site has been covered with a gauze to keep blood from collecting.  Please keep the bolster on at all times.  If it falls off please call.
 
For the donor site, use your ointment at least twice daily. Between applications use a Q-tip to gently remove debri and old blood between the stitches then apply a layer of ointment.  
 
Prior to and after showering or bathing, apply a layer of ointment on your wound.  This will proctect your wound.  
 
If your surgeon has placed a steri-strip over the site, please do not disturb.  Keep it dry by covering it while you shower or bathe. It is meant to last until your next office visit however occasionally it does come off.  If it comes off please follow the instructions above.
 
Please follow up for your suture removal and postoperative appointment.  Your pathology report will also be discussed then.
 
What to expect
  • Minor bleeding is normal. If it does not stop hold pressure over the area for 15 minutes.  If you are still bleeding call our office for assistance.
  • Minor swelling is also expected.  If you experience significant swelling, redness, fever more than 101 or pain please call our office
What to avoid
  • Avoid the use of blood thinners such as aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, naprosyn and Goodie powders unless otherwise directed by your doctor for pain
  • Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous actvity as this may cause the site to come apart.
  • Avoid removal of the special gauze (bolster) from the area that was excised.