Read below to find out more about skin biopsy procedures. To schedule an appointment to find out whether you're a candidate for a skin biopsy, call (503) 223-3104.
Skin biopsy is a procedure performed in the doctor's office that removes a portion of skin for diagnostic testing. Skin biopsies are frequently performed on dark spots, moles, or other skin lesions to determine if they may be skin cancer. A dermatologist or dermatopathologist examines the remove tissue under a microscope. The results of the biopsy are provided in a "pathology report". It may take 4-10 days to obtain the pathology report.
What happens during a skin biopsy?
The type of skin biopsy preformed depends on the suspected cause of the skin lesion and its location on the body. First the doctor numbs the area of skin to be biopsied with a local anesthetic (lidocaine). The doctor then removes the lesion in one of the following ways: