You will go home with a bandage over the area. The biopsy area may be tender for a few days afterward. You may have a small amount of bleeding.
Depending on what type of biopsy you had, you will be given instructions on how to care for:
The goal is to keep the area clean and dry. Be careful not to bump or stretch the skin near the area, which can cause bleeding. If you have stitches, they will be taken out in about 3 to 14 days.
If you have moderate bleeding, apply pressure to the area for 10 minutes or so. If the bleeding does not stop, call your health care provider right away. You should also call your provider if you have signs of infection, such as:
- More redness and swelling
- Drainage coming from or around the incision that is thick, tan, green, or yellow, or smells bad (pus)
Once the wound heals, you may have a scar.