MEDICAL Pre & Post-Procedure Suggestions

For Excisions, ED&Cs, & Mohs Procedures

These procedures involve relatively superficial structures, are performed under local anesthesia, and seldom entail significant blood loss. Healing time varies between patients and surgery sites; however modified normal daily activities can be performed during the healing process. Although we do everything we can to ensure esthetically pleasing results, there will be a scar.

Preparation: 

There isn’t much you need to do to prepare for your upcoming excision, but there are some things we think you should know:

  • Plan on being in the area for at least 2 weeks after your surgery - we do not anticipate any issue with the healing process, but we want to be there for you if you have any questions or concerns.
  • You will have stitches and these will need to be removed in our office 1-2 weeks after your procedure (another good reason not to leave town).
  • You will NOT be able to swim or soak your healing wound in water during the healing process - this means NO POOLS, RIVERS, OCEANS, LAKES, HOT TUBS OR BATHS. You may continue bathing and showering as usual, but always change a dressing that gets wet.
  • If you are taking any prescriptions, vitamins or supplements, you do NOT need to discontinue these, as they may be essential to your well being and we are practiced at managing patients on all types of medications.
  • If the wound you sustained from your biopsy is not entirely healed, that's ok; this will not affect your surgical outcome. 
  • If you normally drive yourself to and from appointments, you should be able to do so for your surgery. In the case that your procedure is near you eye area, you may want to bring a driver.

Post-Procedure:

With any procedure that breaches the skin barrier there is a chance that there will be bruising and/or swelling. This can last up to four weeks, so book your social appearances & family photos accordingly! We also suggest that you are extra careful about sun protection after a procedure. Healing skin has the potential to permanently discolor when exposed to UV.

  • We will apply a pressure dressing to your surgical site, and ask that you do not remove it for at least 24 hours. 
  • After 24 hours, remove the pressure dressing, apply a thick layer of Aquaphor or Vaseline and cover it with a non-stick dressing and tape. Change this every 24 hours until it is time to get your stitches removed. Doing this will aid in the healing process and suture removal.
  • If bleeding occurs, replace your current dressing and apply firm pressure for 10-15 minutes without peeking! If it does not stop, call the office if during patient hours or go to your nearest emergency room. 
  • Ice may be applied if swelling occurs, and Tylenol may be taken for discomfort.
  • Do not take Ibuprofen for discomfort. This is a blood thinner and may cause you to bleed more.
  • You will NOT be able to swim or soak your healing wound in water during the healing process - this means NO POOLS, RIVERS, OCEANS, LAKES, HOT TUBS OR BATHS. You may continue bathing and showering as usual, but always change a dressing that gets wet.

 If signs of infection occur (excessive redness, warmth, drainage swelling or increasing tenderness of the area) or if you have any questions, please call us at (610) 525-7800.


We ask for 24-hours notice for cancellations and reschedules for all of our appointments. This is especially important for surgical procedures because of the time they take. If you are unable to make your appointment, please give us at least 24-hours notice in order to avoid a $100 fee.