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Keep the surgical area clean, dry, and protected by bandages.
If recommended by your doctor, apply a nonprescription antibiotic ointment to the wound before applying bandages.
Take any medications as prescribed.
Avoid vigorous exercise according to your
Return to have any stitches or staples removed when instructed.
Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
Talk to your doctor about appropriate ways to protect your skin against sun damage. These may include using sun block and wearing protective clothing. You will also need to have regular skin exams to look for the return of cancer cells. Do self-exams to look for any new or changing moles.
Your doctor can show you how to do a self-exam.
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