If your doctor has recommended a skin biopsy, you probably have a lot of questions. In this post, we’ll discuss how to know when a skin biopsy is necessary and a few tips on how to prepare.
What is a Skin Biopsy?
Put simply, a skin biopsy is when your doctor takes a small piece of your skin tissue for analysis. Skin biopsies can be done in various ways, including:
- Punch – a special tool removes a circular piece of tissue
- Shave – a razor blade is used to remove a flat piece of tissue
- Excisional – a scalpel is used to remove a piece of tissue (varying shapes)
Do I Need a Skin Biopsy?
Certain signs and symptoms may prompt your doctor to mention doing a skin biopsy, including:
- A rash that will not resolve with other treatment methods
- Scaly skin
- Rough textured skin
- Irregular moles
- Open sores that will not heal
These are not the only reason your doctor may request a skin biopsy. Always listen to your doctor’s advice when they recommend diagnostic testing…it could save your life!
What Can a Skin Biopsy Find?
After your doctor does a skin biopsy, you’ll probably anxiously await the results, fearing the worst. While skin biopsies can help diagnose serious conditions, like skin cancer, they can also give insight into other conditions. A few of the issues skin biopsies can help identify include:
- Infections (bacterial and fungal)
- Skin cancers
How Can I Prepare for a Skin Biopsy?
The good news is that you don’t have to do any special preparations to get a skin biopsy. It’s a very simple, common procedure that’s done right in your doctor’s office. You will get a local anesthetic before the procedure, so be sure your doctor knows about any allergies you may have, especially previous reactions to anesthetics.
Skin Evaluations in Tampa Bay
Are you having a skin-related issue that you believe may necessitate a biopsy? The medical team with Dr. Kavita Rao can evaluate your condition and help develop a treatment plan, including a skin biopsy if needed. Call us at 727-525-0900 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.