Your health care provider has performed a skin biopsy and/or shave removal by removing a sample of skin to submit for analysis. To ensure a well-healed wound, these instructions should be followed.

  1. If Duoderm (skin-colored dressing) was applied to the treated site, leave in place for 3-4 days unless otherwise advised. Duoderm bandages do expand and become “puffy” when exposed to water. If the bandage dressing falls off prior to the 3-4 days or if Duoderm was not used, follow the instructions below.
  2. Remove the bandage after 24 hours. After 24 hours, follow the instructions below. If the bandage falls off within 24 hours, follow same instructions below.
  3. Clean the site with gentle soap and water and pat dry.
  4. Apply a small amount of Aquaphor, Vaseline, Petroleum Jelly or Mupirocin Ointment (if prescribed) to the site. This will help keep the site moist, and then cover site with bandage. DO NOT USE BACITRACIN OR NEOSPORIN OINTMENT
  5. Do NOT pick at the site. This will increase scarring. Do NOT let a scab form. For those difficult areas to bandage (i.e. scalp, behind ears, lips, etc.) keep a good amount of ointment on the site at all times.
  6. Continue wound care until healed. The healing process can take 1 to 4 weeks.
  7. Mild redness around the site is NORMAL, especially on the legs. Often the base of the site may have a white-yellow appearance.
  8. Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) if you have discomfort.
  9. Call the office immediately if you experience a fever over 100.4 degrees, increase in redness (mild redness is normal), and/or increase in swelling, or pain that is not alleviated by Tylenol (Acetaminophen), drainage of pus or if bleeding occurs which you cannot stop with firm pressure for 20 minutes

Results: You should receive notification within 7 to 14 working days. Most benign results do not necessitate a call from our office. Please log into your patient portal ( to view your biopsy results. If your results are not available or you have not received notification within this time period, please contact our office at (561) 498-4407.

NOTE: Some specimens will be sent to an outside laboratory for examination. You may receive a separate bill from the laboratory company. We will provide them with your insurance information. However, any outstanding balance is the responsibility of the patient.

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