Glenn H. Brown, MD
1450 S. Dobson Rd., Suite 320B
Mesa, AZ 85202
480-835-9755
480-964-8668 fax

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Pre and Post Op Care

You should always speak to us regarding specific instructions for care to take both before and after your dermatologic procedure. All of our skin-related procedures are done in our office, with little to no recovery time. Some procedures are more significant, however, and in those cases some general tips may help you minimize your downtime following the procedure.

Before Your Procedure

  It is advisable to not smoke or take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications for 10 days preceding the operation, unless you are doing so on your doctors orders.  

After Your Procedure

Follow any instructions we have given you for your post-operation recovery time exactly . In general, it is best NOT to use antibiotic ointments on your wound. Topical Aquaphor or Vaseline plus a dressing help wounds heal.  You should try to avoid aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, and you should also avoid smoke or second-hand smoke while recovering. Be sure to eat healthy foods rich in vitamins, particularly Vitamin C to help reduce swelling.

If you have had sutures, it is advisable NOT to exercise, lift heavy objects or engage in most sports for two weeks. If you have had a skin cancer "scraped and burned off", there are no restrictions on your activities. Showering or bathing the day after your procedure is fine;  this is a good time to gently clean your wound with soap and water and reapply Aquaphor and a dressing. Do not clean with hydrogen peroxide. Most wounds created by a shave biopsy or "scraping and burning" will be pink or dull red after the healing is accomplished, and this should gradually fade away over 3-6 months. It can take 2-4 weeks for such a wound to heal in, depending on the size and location on the body. In general any wound not healed by 4 weeks should prompt a visit to the office. The goal of the wound care is to keep the wound moist and covered, preventing the formation of a scab, which slows down wound healing.

NORMAL HEALING: A mild amount of redness around the surgical site is usually normal, but increasing redness associated with swelling, pain, or discharge could be a sign of infection, and our office should then be called. Mild bleeding can be stopped with direct pressure, with or without ice.

If you had liquid nitrogen cryotherapy for precancerous keratoses, warts, or similar growths, no post-op care is necessary. Immediate bathing is fine. Some people find that Aquaphor applied once the lesions scab helps them resolve faster.