The aim of this procedure is to remove a small sample of skin to support a clinical evaluation. The tissue removed will then be sent to the laboratory to be analysed by a specialist Dermatology pathologist.
A small sample of skin is surgically removed, using either a surgical punch, a scalpel for excision, or a specialist surgical tool. The sample is sent to a specialist Dermatology pathologist who will prepare the sample and then review it under a high powered microscope to confirm or dismiss the clinical assessment of the Dermatologist.
At a Glance
- Guide Price: From £600.
- Frequency: Single biopsy.
- Risk: Bruising, bleeding, infection.
- Aftercare: Do not wash the area for 48 hours. No exercise or swimming or saunas.
What is a Skin Biopsy?
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.