• During the first 1-2 days after your surgery, you may see a small amount of blood on the bandage. This is normal.
  • If the bandage becomes soaked with bright red blood, remove the dressing and apply firm direct pressure on the area for 15 minutes without “peeking.” After 15 minutes, look to see if the bleeding has stopped. If it has not, repeat the firm, direct pressure again for 15 minutes. If the bleeding still has not stopped, please call the office. If the office is closed, call Dr. Simon’s cell phone number, 734-834-2543. If the bleeding has stopped, apply a new dressing to the area and come in to the office for a bandage change as scheduled, two days after your surgery.
  • If a large, purple, swollen area is noted under or around the stitches, please call the office right away. This may be a collection of blood or fliud that needs to be drained.

General instructions for the weeks following the surgery:

  • For the first 1-2 days after surgery, apply an ice bag to the surgery site for 20 minutes per hour, every hour you are awake. Do NOT allow the ice to leak onto the bandage and get the bandage wet.
  • If your surgery was on the head, for the first 1-2 days sleep with your head elevated 30 degrees to decrease the swelling to the area.
  • Take Tylenol or the prescribed pain medication as directed for pain. Do not start taking aspirin or ibuprofen-containing medicines until 3-4 days after surgery.
  • Return to Mooresville Dermatology Center 48 hours after your surgery for your FIRST bandage change
  • After your first bandage change, you may wash the wound area gently once a day, with a piece of gauze soaked in plain water or “normal saline” solution. Do not scrub the area or purposefully soak the area with water. Use the gauze to gently remove any crusted blood.
  • Apply a thin coating of vasoline or prescribed (NOT over-the-counter) antibiotic ointment, and apply a fresh bandage with gauze and paper-tape (available at the drug store)
  • Most wounds can be left uncovered after the first week, but if they are on an area of the body where they are being rubbed by clothing, please keep them covered until the sutures are removed.
  • Take the full course of any antibiotics you were given.
  • Return to clinic for suture removal on the date instructed by Dr. Simon unless you were told that all of your stitches are dissolvable.
  • Call Mooresville Dermatology Center if the treated area becomes red, swollen, warm to the touch, painful, or has increased drainage more than 3 or 4 days after the procedure. These are signs of infection and may require antibiotics for resolution. Our number is 704-235-1827.
  • You will feel a stinging or burning sensation during the treatment. This usually lasts for about 5 minutes, and then goes away. Occasionally, a throbbing sensation may be felt for one or two hours after freezing, most commonly on fingers, toes, eyelids, and lips.
  • You will notice redness and swelling within minutes after treatment.
  • Clean the treated areas like you would normal skin, with mild soap and water daily. Do not rub or scrub the areas. You do not need to keep the treated areas covered with a bandaid.
  • You may notice that a blister forms, usually 1-2 days after the freezing. The blister may be filled with a clear fluid or with blood, which will give it a blue or violet color. The blister will flatten by itself in 1-2 weeks.
  • If a blister becomes painful, a needle that has been sterilized with rubbing alcohol may be used to puncture the top. Press gently on the top of the blister to remove the fluid. Leave the top of the blister intact and it will act as a natural bandaid. Clean the area daily with mild soap and water.
  • If a blister does not form, it does not mean that the freezing did not work.
  • – Possible side effects from liquid nitrogen therapy include a lighter or darker color of the skin that was treated. This color change within the skin may, or may not, decrease over the months following treatment.
  • Warts treated with liquid nitrogen therapy will often need repeated treatments to be completely removed. This usually requires a visit every two or three weeks.
  • Call Mooresville Dermatology Center if the treated area becomes red, swollen, warm to the touch, painful, or has increased drainage more than 3 or 4 days after freezing. These are signs of infection and may require antibiotics for resolution.
  • If you feel you have an emergency, please call us at 704-235-1827

To care for your biopsy site, please follow these directions:

  • Remove your dressing or bandage 24 hours after the biopsy.
  • Clean the area just as you would normal skin with mild unscented Dove soap and water.
  • Apply either a small amount of prescribed antibiotic ointment or plain Vaseline. Do not apply over-the-counter antibiotic ointments, as these often cause allergic rashes and may cause the wound to appear infected when it is not. A rash will also slow the healing process.
  • Re-cover the biopsy site with a bandaid or bandage, changed daily after washing and applying a new coat of ointment. If you begin to develop a “bandaid rash,” use a plain piece of gauze and “paper tape” which is available at the drug store.
  • If you have sutures for your biopsy, avoid activities such as swimming or bathing that totally submerge the wound. Running water, such as during a shower, is ok.
  • If you had a shave biopsy, these sites may take 4-8 weeks to heal, especially if a deep shave was performed, and/or the wound is on your back or legs. Continue to wash and apply a fresh coat of vasoline until it is fully healed.
  • Your pathology report may take 10-14 days to be processed. We will notify you of the results of your biopsy by phone.
  • If you had sutures placed for your biopsy, please return for their removal at the time instructed by Dr. Simon
  • Call Mooresville Dermatology Center if the treated area becomes red, swollen, warm to the touch, painful, or has increased drainage more than 3 or 4 days after the procedure. These are signs of infection and may require antibiotics for resolution.
  • If you feel you have an emergency, please call us at 704-235-1827