Recovery following a skin biopsy may vary depending on the procedure used. Dr. Alvarado, can you give us some recovery tips common to all skin biopsy procedures?
Of course, Dr. Mayzik. After a skin biopsy is completed, the wound may be covered with a sterile dressing and wound care instructions provided. As the local anesthetic wears off, there may be some discomfort, but the provider will recommend a pain reliever to help alleviate any pain.
The provider may discuss any results that are immediately available, and give instructions about resuming routine activities and medications. Contact a provider immediately if any of the following occur:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the biopsy site
- Pain that you can't control with the medications you've been given, or
- Any new symptoms