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What is the recovery from a skin biopsy like?

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You may be sore around the biopsied site for a few days. An over-the-counter pain reliever is usually enough to ease any discomfort.

If you have stitches, keep the area as clean and as dry as possible. Your doctor will tell you when they should be removed, usually within a week.

If adhesive steri-strips (which look like small pieces of tape) were used to close the incision, don't remove them. They'll gradually fall off on their own. If they don't, your doctor will take them off at your follow-up appointment.

You can expect to have a small scar.

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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