We take biopsies to gather more information about what is occurring in your skin. These biopsies are then sent to the lab and a report is generated usually within one to two weeks. It is important to have a conversation with your dermatologist about the diagnosis and the proposed next steps so that you are actively involved in your care.
“It is important to have a conversation with your dermatologist about the diagnosis and the proposed next steps.”
Sometimes people ask us to just cut the area out and not do a biopsy first. While this is something that we occasionally do when we are very worried about the diagnosis, we usually like to know what we are treating before we treat it so that we know how to treat it. A biopsy is the procedure that gives us this further information.
Please note, since the skin specimen is also being processed at a lab, there will be an additional charge from the lab.
Please keep the wound covered with Vaseline and a bandage until healed (usually in 1-2 weeks).