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What should you expect after a skin biopsy?

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After the skin biopsy is done you may have some soreness of or nera the biopsied site for a few days. Tylenol is usually sufficient to relieve any discomfort. If you had stitches after the procedure, keep the area clean and moist. Your doctor will tell you when the stitches should be removed (usually within one week). If adhesive steri-strips (which look like small pieces of tape) were used to close the incision, keep the area dry and do not remove them. They will gradually fall off on their own. If the strips do not fall off on their own, your health care provider will remove them at your follow-up appointment. You should expect a small scar from the biopsy.

From: Types of Skin Biopsies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

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