Skin Biopsy

Recovery

After the biopsy is completed, the wound may be covered with a sterile dressing and wound care instructions provided. As the local anesthetic wears off there may be some discomfort, but your provider will recommend a pain reliever to help alleviate any pain.

Your provider will discuss any results that are immediately available, and give instructions about resuming routine activities and medications. Contact your provider immediately if any of the following occur:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding or discharge from the biopsy site
  • Pain that you can't control with the medications you've been given
  • Any new symptoms