Skin Biopsies

Brookridge Internal Medicine

Internists located in Longview, TX

If you have a skin growth or mole, Dr. Brenda Vozza and the expert team at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates offer skin biopsies for early detection and treatment of any malignant conditions For expert testing and treatment of skin abnormalities in Longview, East Texas, call or book online to schedule an appointment today.

Skin Biopsies Q & A

Brookridge Internal Medicine

What is a skin biopsy?

A skin biopsy tests a sample of your skin for malignant conditions, such as skin cancer. During the biopsy, a small sample of your skin is removed for further examination under a microscope.

Dr. Vozza performs a shave biopsy of lesions.  Anything she feels may need a more specialized biopsy is sent to a Dermatologist.

Shave biopsies

This is the most superficial of the three biopsies. Your doctor uses a thin device similar to a razor to shave off the top layers of skin.  Local anesthesia is applied prior to the biopsy and cautery is used at the end to control bleeding

When should I get a skin biopsy?

If you have a skin abnormality, such as a mole, rash, redness, or swelling, talk to your doctor about whether you need a skin biopsy. A skin biopsy is a useful tool to detect a range of conditions, from skin infections and warts to skin cancer.

Skin biopsies are usually low-intensity procedures and often take less than 15 minutes. However, patients with certain conditions should take precautions before scheduling a skin biopsy. Talk to your doctor if you’re thinking of getting a skin biopsy but have a history of hemostasis or other bleeding disorders, as well as any skin infections.

Is it painful to get a skin biopsy?

To decrease discomfort during a skin biopsy, your practitioner applies anesthetic to the area of the skin biopsy before the procedure. This is often done with a small needle, and you may feel a pinch before the area is numbed.

After the procedure, keep the biopsy area clean to avoid infection. Wash the area with soap and water, and apply antibiotic cream and a Band-Aid. You may experience a little soreness around the area in the next couple of days, but if you feel a lot of pain, you should contact your doctor.

Although getting a skin biopsy can be anxiety-provoking, it’s an important step to take for preventive care. If you’re concerned about a skin abnormality, call or book online to schedule an appointment today.