When you have an unknown skin condition or abnormal skin growth, you may need a skin biopsy to get an accurate diagnosis. At Houston Skin Associates in Webster, Museum District, Houston, and Pearland, Texas, the team of highly skilled dermatologists often perform a skin biopsy to determine the root cause of your skin condition and provide the most effective treatment. Call the office closest to you or schedule an appointment today.
A skin biopsy is a procedure that involves removing a sample of skin and sending it to a lab to be analyzed.
There are three common types of skin biopsies:
During a punch biopsy, your dermatologist uses a specialized surgical tool to remove a circular sample of your skin.
For a shave biopsy, your dermatologist uses a razor blade to shave off a sample of skin for analysis.
When performing an excisional biopsy, your dermatologist uses a scalpel to remove the skin sample.
The types of skin biopsy the Houston Skin Associates team uses may depend on the skin condition they suspect you have.
Your provider at Houston Skin Associates discusses with you why you need a skin biopsy. For example, you may need the diagnostic procedure if you have an abnormal skin growth and your dermatologist wants to confirm or rule out skin cancer.
The team may recommend a skin biopsy to definitively diagnose a skin disorder or rule out other skin conditions.
You may also need a skin biopsy if you have a skin infection. This type of biopsy helps determine the underlying cause (bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or viral), so you get the proper treatment (antibiotic, antifungal, or antiviral).
Your provider at Houston Skin Associates reviews the details of your skin biopsy before the procedure, so you know what to expect. First, they clean the skin with an antibacterial agent and provide a local anesthetic to numb the area.
Once your skin is numb, your dermatologist removes the skin sample using one of the biopsy techniques and sends it to a pathology lab for an evaluation.
You may need stitches to close the wound; then, your dermatologist covers the skin with a bandage.
When you can expect results from your skin biopsy varies. It may take days, weeks, or months depending on the skin condition the team is trying to diagnose. The Houston Skin Associates team explains when you can expect the report at the time of the procedure.
Once the team has your results, they contact you to discuss the findings. They may also have you come to the office for treatments based on the results of your skin biopsy.
To find out more about the skin biopsy at Houston Skin Associates, call the office or book an appointment online today.