A skin biopsy is a test to determine the cause of a skin growth or rash. At The Dermatology Center of Worcester, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the team of dermatology experts offers all types of in-office biopsies so you can get a fast diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Call the office or use the online scheduling feature to arrange your biopsy appointment now.
A skin biopsy is a test that analyzes a small sample of your skin. A microscopic exam can show abnormalities within the skin sample so the team can make an accurate diagnosis.
You might need a skin biopsy in several different situations, such as:
The Dermatology Center of Worcester team may recommend a skin biopsy in other situations as well, as it helps them to plan the right treatment.
There are several types of skin biopsy, including:
A shave biopsy involves lightly shaving the outermost layers of your skin to collect a small sample.
A punch biopsy goes deeper into your skin than a shave biopsy. It uses a tube-like punch tool to take a larger sample of skin, including some deeper layers along with the superficial layers. You might need a stitch or two to close the wound.
A snip biopsy uses surgical scissors to cleanly cut off a hanging skin growth.
A curette biopsy uses a tool with a small metal loop to scrape the skin and collect cells from the surface.
An incisional biopsy involves surgical removal of part of the skin growth.
An excisional biopsy is the most extensive type of biopsy. It involves the removal of the entire skin growth along with a small amount of the surrounding tissue. Depending on how large the growth is, you might need a few sutures to close the skin.
The team uses a biopsy approach specific to your skin needs. All biopsies occur in the office, and you can return home right away.
As soon as your results are ready, you’ll return to the office to discuss results and, if necessary, plan your treatment.
After your biopsy, the team gives you specific directions to take care of the biopsy site. Clean and moist wounds heal fastest, so you’ll need to do regular bandage changes as directed.
Book your appointment by calling The Dermatology Center of Worcester office or clicking the online scheduler now.