What is a Skin biopsy
The removal of a small sample of abnormal skin to support a clinical evaluation. The tissue removed is sent to a laboratory to be analysed.
What is involved in a Skin biopsy
Local anaesthetic is injected into the area to numb the involved skin and the Dermatologist removes a small sample of skin from the affected area using a precise surgical punch, scalpel, curette or blade, depending on the location and nature of the lesion.
The area is closed either by a few stitches, or by cauterizing with an electrical current or by applying a solution to the area
What are the risks or potential side effects of a Skin biopsy
Bruising may occur. Whenever the skin is cut a scar will result.
What aftercare is required for a Skin biopsy
A dressing will be applied to keep in place for 24 to 48 hours. Heavy exercise and alcohol should be avoided. Normally patients can return to work following a procedure.
What is the cost of a Skin biopsy
The cost is based on the number of areas being biopsied and if any additional tests are required such as swabs or immunofluorescence, but typically ranges from £600-£850. For new patients, a consultation is required prior to the procedure. You can find our fees here.