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“A regular skin checkup can literally save your life.” Jennifer Krasnoff, MD

Basic Principle: a covered biopsy or surgical wound using antibiotic ointment will heal better and faster than a dry, open wound.

  • Remove the band-aid or dressing after 1 or 2 days
  • Then, change the dressing DAILY with antibiotic ointment like Polysporin, Neosporin or Bactroban. Your provider may even tell you that Aquaphor is OK
  • If the wound is on a hairy area or in a location that is difficult to maintain a band-aid, apply the antibiotic ointment a few times daily to keep the area moist
  • Old band-aids and dressing come off easier in the shower. After the shower, gently pad or blot dry the area, apply antibiotic ointment and then cover with an appropriate band-aid or gauze dressing. This should be continued daily until the wound is healed.
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil (ibuprofen) may be taken for pain as needed.
  • Aquaphor or Vaseline may be used instead of antibiotic ointment after the first few days to week of wound care.
  • Avoid pools, hot tubs and lakes as they can lead to wound infections.
  • Avoid exercise initially as it can lead to bleeding.
  • For men, if the surgical site is on the beard area, please be cautious not to shave off the stitches.

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call us:
Petaluma office: 707-762-5531
Hercules office: 510-741-7418

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Petaluma Office
165 Lynch Creek Way
Petaluma, CA 94954
 M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm
(707) 762-5531
Fax: (707) 762-5976



Hercules Office
500 Alfred Nobel Dr., Ste. 245
Hercules, CA 94547
M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm
Open Saturday for aesthetic services
 (510) 741-7418
Fax: (510) 741-7456


Billing office
Fax: 510- 741-7493

At Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area, our board-certified dermatologists serve patients at our Petaluma and Hercules offices. We are committed to the highest standards, and we offer a full range of cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology procedures, as well as quality skin care products.

Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area
165 Lynch Creek Way | Petaluma, California 94954 | Phone: (707) 762-5531 | Fax: (707) 762-5976
500 Alfred Nobel Drive, Suite 245 | Hercules, California 94547 | Phone: (510) 741-7418 | Fax: (510) 741-7456