Whether you have a suspicious-looking mole or a worrisome infection, you need a skin biopsy. After your biopsy, the tissues are examined under a microscope to determine if there are signs of cellular changes like cancer. The experts at First Care Bossier in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, have safely and successfully done many skin biopsies using different techniques that get the best results. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call the nearest office today.
During a biopsy, your provider removes a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope. In some cases, your provider may only need to take a small piece of your skin. But for most skin lesions, they remove the entire lesion and send it for a biopsy.
Skin lesions include any growth on your skin and any area that looks different from the surrounding skin. There are many types of skin lesions, so they’re often categorized by their shape, texture, location, and color. Some lesions like freckles are harmless; others signal a problem like skin cancer.
You may need a skin biopsy for conditions such as:
Some chronic inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis may need a biopsy. Though these conditions are initially diagnosed with a visual examination, information from a biopsy helps guide treatment decisions.
First Care Bossier follows strict guidelines for safely performing skin biopsies. After applying a local anesthetic, your provider removes the tissues with one of these techniques:
During a shave biopsy, your provider uses a razor-like device to carefully remove thin layers of skin.
Your provider does a punch biopsy using a round device that takes out a small but deep section of your skin.
An incisional biopsy removes a small area of tissue from a larger lesion, rash, or skin condition.
Your provider does an excisional biopsy when they remove an entire lump, lesion, or abnormal area of skin. For example, a mole and other lesions suspicious for skin cancer are removed using an excisional biopsy.
Depending on the type of tissue and the purpose of the biopsy, your provider may look at the tissue under a microscope in the office. In most cases, biopsies are sent to a pathology lab, where doctors who specialize in identifying diseases at the cellular level examine them.
After the pathologist finishes studying your biopsy, they send a report to First Care Bossier. Then your provider meets with you to review the results and recommend further treatment if needed.
If you have worrisome moles or lesions on your skin, don’t wait to schedule an examination. Call First Care Bossier, or use the online booking feature today.