Call our office promptly if:
- The area becomes progressively red, swollen and tender — suggesting infection.
- There is bleeding that cannot be controlled with firm pressure for five minutes.
- You have been instructed to leave the dressing intact for more than 24 hours, and it shifts or becomes displaced.
If any of the above should occur after regular office hours, we can be reached 24 hours a day through our answering service at 952-844-0404
Care Of The Wound Site
- Within the first 24 hours after surgery, elevation of the head and neck will minimize the swelling.
- If any bleeding or oozing occurs, apply firm pressure for 5 minutes.
- Remove dressings 24 hours after surgery and start the cleaning procedure.
- If a skin graft has been used, do not disturb the dressing until you have been seen in the office.
- The wound should be cleaned up to six (6) times a day.
- Q-tips, soaked in hydrogen peroxide, should be “rolled” over the incision site.
- Antibiotic ointment, such as Bacitracin, should be applied in a thin film, covering the entire area.
- Discontinue the antibiotic ointment after three (3) days and apply Aquaphor ointment until sutures are
- A thin amount of Aquaphor can be used over the next five (5) to eight (8) days and then a good moisturizer should be used. We can suggest something for you.
- Keeping the wound moist will facilitate healing.
- If sutures have been used to repair the site, do not soak them while bathing.
- However, when cleaning around the site, the sutures may get somewhat wet. This will no harm the surgical site.
- If steri-strips have been used, they should be left undisturbed for 24 to 48 hours.
- A this point, soiled strips should be carefully removed, and start wound cleaning.
- SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF30 can be purchased at our office and MUST be worn for one year following your surgery. It is strongly suggested you continue the use of SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF30 as a daily part of your regime.
For a printable list of Mohs Surgery post-operative wound care please click here.