Excision

PRE-TREATMENT SKINCARE:

  • Please follow any pre-treatment instructions your provider may have outlined in preparation for your excision.
  • If you have a history of cold sores or a diagnosis of HSV (herpes simplex virus), you will need a prescription for prophylaxis prior to the procedure. Call our office and we’d be happy to help you with a prescription.
  • If you have an active cold sore for this appointment, your visit will need to be rescheduled!

POST-TREATMENT SKINCARE:

Just as important as the treatment, is the care for your skin post-treatment. Follow your providers instructions and keep all follow-up appointments.

  • Dissolvable sutures will be used in the area that was excised. These sutures will self dissolve within approximately 5-7 days.
  • Do not wear makeup for 7-10 days post excision.
  • Keep the area moisturized using an ointment based product such as Aquaphor until healed.
  • Your skin will be more sun sensitive post excision and in order to yield the most minimal scar, use a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Do not use any active skincare products on the area for 2-3 weeks. Active ingredients include things like retinols, AHA/BHA and anything with the word acid in it.

WATCH-OUTS

Keep the area moist while healing. Do not allow it to dry out or become crusty.

TIPS & TRICKS:

  • Use soft cloths and soft towels to avoid any scrubbing.
  • When showering, you may get the area wet but avoid submerging it in a bath for a minimum of 2-3 weeks.
  • Avoid strenuous exerciseand sweating until after skin has healed.

WARNING:

  • DO NOT pick, rub or scratch at your skin while healing.
  • DO NOT wear makeup while the skin is healing.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at 608.836.4044

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