Most people experience little discomfort after surgery. Usually, Tylenol is sufficient to control the pain.
Bruising and Swelling
Bruising and swelling are common following surgery and usually last for several days. Applying ice in the first 24 hours helps to reduce these symptoms.
The infection rate for skin surgery is very low. We may recommend a preoperative antibiotic for some patients. Some redness along the suture line is typical, but if you experience increased pain, swelling, or drainage, please notify us immediately.
The risk of significant postoperative bleeding is very low. When your surgery is complete, we’ll place a pressure bandage on the wound. A small number of patients experience some postoperative bleeding as the epinephrine (adrenaline) in the anesthetic wears off. Applying direct pressure for 20 minutes will usually stop it. If bleeding continues, please notify us immediately.
In some cases, the area surrounding your operative site will be numb to the touch. This may persist for several months or longer. In some instances, it may be permanent. If this occurs, please discuss it with your physician at your follow-up visit.
Although we’ll make every effort to ensure the best possible cosmetic result, you will be left with a scar. It may be longer than anticipated if the lesion underneath the skin is larger than what is visible on the surface. We may also have to lengthen the incision to better fit the contours of your skin. Scars can take months or longer to heal completely. Proper wound care can minimize your scar. We will discuss wound care in detail and provide information to enable you to take proper care of your wound.
Fortunately, allergic reactions to lidocaine used for local anesthesia are rare. People who are prone to fainting during procedures may experience lightheadedness, known as a vasovagal response. Rarely, epinephrine, which is used along with the lidocaine, can cause a rapid heart rate. Notify your doctor prior to surgery if you have experienced any of these symptoms in the past.