Skin Biopsy & Excision

Sometimes your skin may have certain outgrowths which will need to be removed when they become cancerous. And once that happens, you will have to get rid of that skin mass otherwise the cancer will keep spreading. That is where skin biopsy and excision comes in. The main purpose of a skin biopsy is to remove those unwanted skin masses from the surface of your body. But skin biopsy is sometimes also done to check or diagnose a particular skin condition by excising a sample from the affected area.

Why should you undergo skin biopsy?

As it is already stated above, diagnosis of various diseases is one of the major reasons of skin biopsy but another major reason is the complete removal of a disease as well. Here are some of the summarized points as to when a skin biopsy is usually done:

  • Actinic keratosis which is also known by the name of solar keratosis is a type of scaly growth on the surface of the skin which can be treated by skin biopsy.
  • There are certain inflammatory skin diseases which can be treated by skin biopsy and these include dermatitis and psoriasis as the most common ones.
  • Several types of skin cancers are also treated with the help of skin biopsy. These include melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and even squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Skin tags and skin infections also require skin biopsies both for diagnosis and for treatment.
  • If you have any suspicious moles or other outgrowths, you can get them checked or you can even opt for their removal with skin biopsy.
  • Warts can also be treated with skin biopsy.

What are the types of skin biopsy?

The most common types of skin biopsies that are available at our clinic include:

Shave Biopsy:
As the term suggests, the personnel will use a razor like tool to shave off or scrap off the upper epidermal layer of the skin along with some of the dermis as well.

Punch Biopsy:
Similar to punching a hole, the personnel uses the small rounded tip of a specialized tool to remove a portion of the skin that may have a small area but go down deeper into the layers of skin.

Excisional Biopsy:
The procedure involves scraping off quite some portion of the skin with a small scalpel or knife. The removal of the affected portion relieves the patient from the skin problem that he or she is suffering from.

The entire procedure of the skin biopsy does not take much and varies from case to case. But at an average it is roughly 15-20 minutes.

What happens after the skin biopsy procedure?

After the skin biopsy is completed, your doctor will give you the instructions on how to care for the biopsy site. The site will be bandaged and you will have to keep the bandage at least for a day or two. After a week or two, your stitches will be taken out.

So, if you face any abnormal growth on your skin, you must consult your doctors immediately and go for a skin biopsy if advised by your doctors.

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