Preventative Skin Biopsy
What is a Skin Biopsy?
A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a doctor cuts and removes a small sample of irregular skin to have it tested for diseases such as skin cancer, infections, or other skin disorders. If you find any new changes, irregular colorations or growths on your body it is recommended to get them checked out immediately. Sometimes it can take months to see a dermatologist but we strive to get you seen much faster. A biopsy generally takes only 15-20 minutes so we do our best to work patients in the schedule, sometimes even the same day. The results will be sent to the lab and can take anywhere between 3-14 days for the results.
What kinds of Biopsies available?
The three main types of skin biopsies are:
- Shave biopsy. A razor is used to remove a section of the epidermis and a small portion of the dermis.
- Punch biopsy. A circular tool is used to remove a deeper section of skin from the epidermis down to and superficial fat layer.
- Excisional biopsy. A small scalpel is used 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.
Does a Biopsy hurt?
No. A small amount of anesthetic quickly numbs the skin. Most procedures are completely painless. At worst a biopsy feels like a slight pinch as the anesthetic is being injected. After the skin is numb you shouldn’t feel any painful sensations as the tissue is removed. Usually there is minimal pain after the anesthetic wears off. Bleeding is common and sometimes scaring can occur. Did you know that our Votiva Fractora treatments help remove all kinds of scars?
Tell your doctor if you:
- Have any bleeding disorders
- Have had excessive bleeding after previous medical procedures
- Are taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, aspiring-containing medications, warfarin (Coumadin) or heparin
- Have a history of skin infections, including impetigo
- Are taking medications that suppress the immune system, such as diabetes medications or medications used after an organ transplant