Have you noticed a rash or lesion on your body that is concerning? If this is the case, it is always a good idea to get it checked out by a dermatologist. A skin biopsy is the best way to identify a skin legion to determine the necessary treatment. At our office, our dermatologists work with all forms of skin conditions and diseases and will work with you to identify and treat your skin.
What is a Skin Biopsy?
A skin biopsy removes skin or cell samples from the surface of your body. These samples are then examined to diagnose or rule out certain skin diseases and conditions. Skin biopsies can also be used to remove skin lesions.
There are three main types of skin biopsies, including:
- Shave Biopsy: A razor-like tool is used to remove the top layers of the skin.
- Punch Biopsy: A circular tool is used to remove a “punch” of skin.
- Excisional Biopsy: A small scalpel is used to remove an area of abnormal skin.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Skin Biopsy?
Individuals who are concerned with a lesion on their skin can benefit from a skin biopsy. These biopsies can help to diagnose a large number of skin conditions or diseases, including warts, moles, skin infections, skin cancers, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and more. Be sure to tell your dermatologist if you have a bleeding disorder, have a history of skin infections, or are taking immunosuppressant drugs prior to your biopsy. Overall, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a skin biopsy is to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our dermatology specialists.
What to Expect During a Skin Biopsy?
During your procedure, your skin will be cleaned and may be marked to outline the area that is being biopsied. A local anesthetic will then be administered to numb the treatment area, ensuring you are comfortable during your biopsy. Your dermatologist will then continue with the biopsy technique that is right for you. Overall, this procedure is quick, taking about 15 minutes to complete. After your procedure, your sample will be sent to a lab for testing. Once the test results come in, your dermatologist may schedule an office visit to discuss the results.
Skin Biopsy Recovery
Following a skin biopsy, you may experience some slight bleeding. If this occurs, apply pressure to the wound for 10-20 minutes. All biopsies will cause a small scar, though they will fade with time. Be sure to avoid activities that may stretch the skin following your skin biopsy, as stretching the skin can result in a larger scar. Healing can take several weeks, with full healing completed after two months. Your dermatologists will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to ensure safe and quick healing.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been urged to undergo a skin biopsy to ensure that your skin is healthy, contact our office today! We will be happy to schedule your consultation appointment, during which we will explain the procedure and answer any questions that you may have.
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