[bt_quote style="box" width="0"] A skin biopsy is the removal of a piece of skin for the purpose of further examination in the laboratory using a microscope. Skin biopsies are performed to diagnose a number of conditions. Biopsies are not meant to actually treat a skin condition. [/bt_quote] [bt_accordion width="0" active_first="yes" icon="plus-square-1"] [bt_spoiler title="Definition" icon="list"] A skin lesion biopsy is a simple medical procedure in which a sample of your skin is removed and tested in a laboratory.
The sample taken during a biopsy is often very small, sometimes the size of a grain of rice. The sample size is just large enough for laboratory technicians to test for various issues that could be the cause of a skin lesion. However, the biopsy sample may be larger if the entire lesion is removed. There are several ways your doctor can collect a skin sample. The procedure your doctor chooses will depend on your individual circumstances.
A doctor who specializes in skin (dermatologist) is typically the doctor who performs a skin biopsy. It’s an outpatient procedure, which means you won’t have to be admitted to a hospital.
[/bt_spoiler] [bt_spoiler title="Types of Biopsies" icon="list"] Three main types of skin biopsies are::
-- Shave biopsy. A doctor uses a tool similar to a razor to remove a small section of the top layers of skin (epidermis and a portion of the dermis).
-- Punch biopsy A doctor uses a circular tool to remove a small section of skin including deeper layers (epidermis, dermis and superficial fat).
-- Excisional biopsy. A doctor uses a small knife (scalpel) to remove an entire lump or an area of abnormal skin, including a portion of normal skin down to or through the fatty layer of skin.
A skin biopsy is the removal of a piece of skin for the purpose of further examination in the laboratory using a microscope. Skin biopsies are performed to diagnose a number of conditions. Biopsies are not meant to actually treat a skin condition.