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How To Care for Skin After a Biopsy

A small sample of your skin is usually enough to determine whether or not a growth is cancerous or shows signs of any other skin condition. Still, it is important to care for your skin after a biopsy to ensure proper healing and avoid the risk of infection. 

What is a Biopsy? 

A biopsy is a method of checking whether a skin sample is cancerous. Skin cancer can creep up on anyone, so it is very important to keep an eye out for new moles, birthmarks, or skin lesions that may be cancerous. If your doctor can’t tell if a growth is cancerous just by examining it, they will most likely recommend a biopsy. 

A small sample of your skin will be taken and sent to a lab in order to perform tests on it. Depending on the results of these tests, your doctor can advise you if further treatment is needed. 

How Can I Care For My Skin After a Biopsy?

At the conclusion of your biopsy appointment, your doctor will dress the wound and bandage it up before you go home. Though it is not common, you may experience some bleeding after you leave the office. If this happens, apply pressure to the wound for two sessions of twenty minutes each. If the bleeding continues, call your doctor. 

Depending on the location and type of biopsy performed, healing can take between a couple of weeks to a few months. During this time, you should clean the biopsy site in the morning and at night and avoid immersion in water until cleared by your doctor. Though all biopsies leave a scar, you can prevent enlarging your scar by protecting healing biopsy and avoiding bumping or stretching it. Applying Vaseline to the biopsy site can also aid healing.

Why Are Biopsies Done?

Biopsies are performed when the human eye isn’t enough to determine if a growth is cancerous. By sending a small sample of your skin to a lab, experts can run tests on it to ensure there are no abnormal cells that are already cancerous or could become cancerous. If there is cancer present, these tests can indicate its type and progression in order to develop the best treatment plan for you. 

Biopsies are also helpful in diagnosing other conditions. For example, a biopsy can indicate actinic keratosis, bullous pemphigoid, and other inflammatory or infectious skin conditions. The tests performed in a biopsy help ensure accurate diagnoses in cases where a condition is present and can provide peace of mind for patients who have harmless growths. 


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What is Recovery Like After a Biopsy?

A biopsy is a quick skin excision usually performed under local anesthesia in order to minimize your discomfort. You won’t need to take extensive downtime, but you should avoid any rough or strenuous activities that may disrupt your healing process. 

When your doctor hears back from the lab, they will likely call you or set up an appointment to discuss your results. Depending on the lab and the type of tests required, this can take anywhere from a few days to a few months. 


*Individual Results May Vary


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Do you have questions about skincare after a biopsy? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 803-6644 or fill out the consultation form on this page. 

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