Elements Skin Cancer Clinic

Wound Care Advice


The most important instructions are to keep the wound dry and covered.

Meticulous care of your wound is important for optimal healing and a good cosmetic result. Please follow the instructions detailed below.

When the local anaesthetic used during the procedure wears off, the area is likely to be tender. You can take paracetamol if needed for pain.

Please leave the dressing intact for at least 48 hour – preferably longer.

Because the local anaesthetic contains adrenalin (a vaso-constrictor) sometimes a wound will bleed when the anaesthetic wears off. Do not be alarmed.

If the bleeding is more than a few drops, apply pressure to area for 20 mins. If the bleeding continues to any significant extent please contact the practice nurse (64571221) or Dr Cath Newman (0412457383).

If the dressing becomes saturated with blood overnight, please return to the practice for another dressing.

It is helpful if you rest and avoid any strenuous activity for at least 48 hours.

Dressing used are generally “splash-proof” but not “soak-proof” . This means that the wound should remain dry during a quick shower. If the dressing becomes waterlogged it needs to be removed and replaced with a dry one.

If the wound becomes increasingly painful, or if there is increased swelling or redness, please contact us and return to the practice.

Your skin sutures will need to be removed in …….. days. Please book an appointment with the nurse. Pathology results will be available at this time. Remember, deep sutures are often placed which slowly dissolve over time.

Remember that it takes many months for a scar tissue to settle down and mature. The scar tissue is usually red and slightly raised initially. If you are at all concerned please book a follow up appointment.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns.