Skin Biopsy Overview
An skin biopsy is a procedure whereby a sample of your skin is removed, processed and examined under a microscope.
Skin biopsy is use to obtain a skin sample, depends on the size and location of the lump, also known as skin lesion. The skin sample is usually placed in a sterile container with formaldehyde solution. The skin tissue is processed and examined under a microscope.
Skin biopsy is most often done to diagnose a malignant or a benign lump.
The earlier an skin biopsy is done to a suspicious skin lesion, the faster the diagnosis is known and lead to early treatment.
Why an Skin Biopsy is Done?
An skin biopsy is done to diagnose a:
- Skin condition
- Skin cancer
- Bacterial or fungal infection
- Suspicious lump
How to Prepare for an Skin Biopsy?
You need to let the doctor know if you:
- Have any medical condition
- Drug allergy
- Are taking any medicines
No special preparation is needed before having an skin biopsy done.
How is Skin Biopsy Done?
Excision biopsy is done to obtain a skin sample depending on the size and location of the lump. The skin tissue removed is then carefully examined under a microscope by a Consultant Pathologist.
Excision biopsy is usually done under local anaesthetic. The entire lump is removed and stitching will be done to close the wound.
How does Skin Biopsy Feel?
As the procedure is done under local anaesthetis, you should not feel any pain during the procedure.
After the Skin Biopsy
Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to take care of your biopsy site. You need to keep the biopsy site dry and clean.
Depending on the site of the lump, some sites are suitable to use dissolvable stitches. If non-dissolvable stitches are use, usually stitches will be removed 14 days after the surgery.
Results of the Skin Biopsy
A skin biopsy is a procedure whereby a sample of your skin tissue in your lump is removed, processed and examined under a microscope by a Consultant Pathologist.
Results from a skin biopsy will be available in 3 days time.
Your doctor will discuss the results with you.