Skip to content

Breast Cancer Health Center

Select An Article

Breast Cancer and the Breast Biopsy

Font Size

How Do I Care for Myself After a Breast Biopsy?

A special bra and dressings may be worn over the breast biopsy site after the procedure. These may be removed approximately two days after the biopsy. Small tapes, or possibly stitches, will remain over the incision site; do not remove these yourself. They will be removed at a follow-up appointment, or fall off by themselves.

You may be asked to apply medicine or ice to the biopsy area or change the bandages at home. Your doctor will advise you about showering, bathing, and wound care.

You will be given a prescription for pain relief after the procedure. But you may take an over-the counter pain reliever if that provides sufficient relief. To reduce the risk of bleeding, do not take aspirin or products containing aspirin for the first three days after the procedure.

The area of the biopsy may be black and blue right after the procedure. This will go away in a few days.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Angela Jain on June 19, 2014
Next Article:

Today on WebMD

Breast Cancer Overview
From self-exams and biopsies to reconstruction, we’ve got you covered.
Dealing with breast cancer
Get answers to your questions.
woman having mammogram
Experts don’t agree on all fronts, but you can be your own advocate.
woman undergoing breast cancer test
Many women worry. But the truth? Most abnormalities aren’t breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Treatments Improving
Resolved To Quit Smoking
Woman getting mammogram
Screening Tests for Women
ovarian cancer overview slideshow
serious woman
what is your cancer risk
10 Ways to Revitalize Slideshow