Skin biopsy is an important diagnostic tool for skin disorders. During this minor office procedure a small piece of skin is removed for examination under a microscope. Biopsies are frequently performed to diagnose a skin growth or a skin rash.
Prior to the procedure local anesthetic is injected into the site and then a shave biopsy takes a thin slice from the top of the abnormal skin is take for evalution.
Some times a punch biopsy may be performed and this is when a core –cylindrical fragment of tissue from the area of interest is removed for evaluation.
Excisional biopsies are used to completely remove an abnormal area of tissue that may have a skin cancer
Other Medical Dermatology
Treatment of Actinic Keratosis - Precancer
Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by excessive exposure to the sun. AKs can sometimes progress into dangerous skin
Treatment of sun damage
Long term sun exposure causes skin damage including wrinkles, age spots and change in skin texture. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light can
Removal of benign growths (moles and cysts)
Moles or cysts may become uncomfortable or worrisome. Proper evaluation by a dermatologist is needed before considering treatment options. Common
Removal of skin tags
A skin tag, medically known as acrochordon, is a small, benign flap of flesh-colored tissue that hangs off the skin by a small, narrow connecting
Removal and treatment of warts
Warts are generally harmless, but genital warts should be taken seriously. There are many treatment options for warts, although often warts reappear
Skin Cancer surgery
There are many treatments for skin cancer. Options for treatment depend on may factors including: Type of skin cancer. Where the skin cancer