Skin Biopsy

Medical Associates of North Texas

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Fort Worth, TX

A skin biopsy can identify the underlying cause If you have an abnormal growth, like a skin tag or an unusual-looking mole. At Medical Associates of North Texas in Fort Worth, Texas, the primary care providers offer skin biopsies to people of all ages. The outpatient procedure takes less than 30 minutes and doesn’t require any downtime. To request a skin biopsy today, call the office or click the online booking feature.

Skin Biopsy Q & A

What is a skin biopsy?

A skin biopsy is an outpatient procedure that diagnoses dermatological issues, like rashes, infections, and skin cancer. During treatment, your Medical Associates of North Texas provider collects a small sample of tissue and sends it to a nearby lab for analysis.

What are the types of skin biopsies?

At Medical Associates of North Texas, the primary care providers offer several types of skin biopsies, including:

Punch biopsy

During a punch biopsy, your provider uses a handheld tool called a biopsy punch to carefully collect a small circular piece of skin. Your provider puts the sample into a sterile collection container and sends it to a lab for analysis.

Shave biopsy

During a shave biopsy, your provider uses a thin razor to collect a shaving of skin. Your provider then puts the sample in a container and sends it to a nearby lab for review.

Excisional biopsy

If you have an abnormal growth beneath the surface of your skin, your provider might recommend an excisional biopsy. During an excisional biopsy, your provider uses a scalpel to carefully collect a sample of tissue.

What happens during a skin biopsy?

At Medical Associates of North Texas, a skin biopsy usually takes less than 45 minutes.

First, your provider cleans your skin with rubbing alcohol or another antiseptic solution. Then, they administer a local anesthetic, numbing your skin and the surrounding tissue. After the anesthesia sets in, your provider uses a razor, biopsy punch, or scalpel to remove a piece of your skin.

After removing the sample, it’s normal for your skin to bleed slightly. If you have a punch or excisional biopsy, your provider might close the wound with several stitches. Then, they wrap it in gauze and provide care instructions.

What is recovery like after a skin biopsy?

After a skin biopsy, it’s normal to experience mild sensitivity, swelling, and redness at the excision site. Keep the area clean and covered until your skin begins healing. If you have stitches, avoid getting them dirty and keep the area clean by washing them with antibacterial soap and warm water.

To receive a skin biopsy today, call Medical Associates of North Texas or click the online booking feature.

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