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Caring for my biopsy or surgery site


  • Keep the bandage/wound dry for 24 hours.
  • After 48 hours, remove the bandage and gently clean the wound with water or saline. Pat the wound dry. DO NOT USE: ALCOHOL, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, OR SOAP.
  • Apply Vaseline (Petrolatum, Aquaphor) or Antibiotic (e.g. polysporin, fucidin, bactroban) if your physician recommends to the wound and cover the wound with a Band-Aid or non-stick Telfa pad, gauze and paper tape.
  • Continue to clean the wound daily, apply Vaseline or Antibiotic and cover with a bandage until it has completely healed or the stitches are removed.
  • Shower or bathe with the bandage in place. If the bandage gets wet, replace it with a new one after bathing.
  • If stitches were placed on the skin, they should be removed in 1-2 weeks (doctor or nurse will tell you when precisely – typically 1 week for face, 2 weeks for body). If stitches were placed under the skin, they will absorb on their own.
  • If you have any questions, please call our Toronto dermatology office at: 416-633-0001 or email us at:
  • Follow-up as directed by your physician.

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