Excision: An excision is when a dermatologist surgically removes harmful or unwanted tissue such as skin cancers or cysts. It’s highly effective and can usually be completed in one appointment. The surgery can be done under local anesthesia and does not require sedation.
Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for surgery can help your procedure go as smoothly as possible. Our dermatologists will be able to answer all your questions and help put you at ease. In the meantime, please see the following list of Do’s and Don’ts to help prepare for your procedure
If Bleeding Occurs:
Apply direct firm pressure for 15 minutes. NO PEEKING or releasing the pressure for the entire duration. If this does not stop the bleeding, apply an ice bag (over a cloth, never in direct contact with the skin) for 15 minutes, then repeat the direct firm pressure over the wound for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, call the clinic. If it is after hours, proceed to the ER.
What to expect:
A small rim of redness around the wound is normal. Minor itching may occur. Some pink or clear yellow drainage is normal.
Mild discomfort is normal. Most patients do not require medication for pain. Tylenol is a good first medication for pain, if needed. Follow the dosing recommendations on the bottle. Please do not take Tylenol if you have liver disease or other reasons decided by your doctor. Ibuprofen and aspirin can help with pain, but they increase the risk of bleeding.
When to call the clinic:
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