What is Skin Biopsy and why is it done?
- A skin biopsy is a sample taken from the skin to microscopically asses various skin diseases.
- Skin biopsy is examined to provide information regarding the medical condition of the patient to rule out the chances of some particular skin conditions or diseases.
- Various methods can be used to perform skin biopsy such as punch biopsy, incision biopsy, excision biopsy and shave biopsy
What are the side Effects?
- Skin biopsy is a very safe procedure as side effects are rarely seen when it is done by an experienced dermatologist.
- Complications occur very rarely in the form of bruising, scarring or pigmentation, etc.
What is the Procedure of Skin Biopsy?
The biopsy site is numbed firstly to make the procedure painless and comfortable and then the sample is taken. The sample is send immediately to the lab and the wound site is cleaned and bandaged.
What are the Things to Remember?
- You need to keep the bandage until the next day
- Do not stretch or bump the skin
- Wash your hands before touching the site.
- Wash the biopsy site gently with soap and water and pat dry it
- Cover the site with adhesive bandage that allows it to ventilate
- Follow the instructions given by your dermatologist.
- Reports come in 4-10 days.