A skin biopsy removes cells or skin samples from the surface of your body. The sample taken from a skin biopsy is examined to provide information about your medical condition. Our doctors use the skin biopsy to diagnose or rule out certain skin conditions and diseases.
Skin Biopsy Types
A doctor uses a tool similar to a razor to remove a small section of the top layers of skin (epidermis and a portion of the dermis).
A doctor uses a circular tool to remove a small section of skin including deeper layers (epidermis, dermis and superficial fat).
A doctor uses a small knife (scalpel) to remove an entire lump or an area of abnormal skin, including a portion of normal skin down to or through the fatty layer of skin.
Skin Lesion Biopsy Procedure
During a biopsy, a local anesthetic is administered so the procedure is not painful. From the biopsy, a tissue sample is stored in a preservative solution or a sterile container until it can be processed at a pathology laboratory. After thorough examination, our dermatologists will develop a treatment plan for you.Results and Further Treatment after Skin Lesion Biopsy
Risks of a Skin Lesion Biopsy
Skin lesion biopsies are extremely safe procedures as evidenced by the fact that they are usually performed outpatient in our office and take only a short time to complete.