Skin Biopsy

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Bossier Family Medicine, LLC

Family Medicine located in North Bossier, South Bossier & Stonewall, LA

When you have a skin condition or lesion, you may need a skin biopsy to diagnose your problem. Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, with offices in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, is a primary care practice aiming to make medical care as easy and convenient as possible. The team performs skin biopsies to find out what’s causing your skin problem. Call the office nearest you or schedule your skin biopsy online today. 

Skin Biopsy Q & A

What is a skin biopsy?

A skin biopsy is a procedure in which your health provider removes a sample of your skin and sends it to a pathologist for an evaluation. Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, performs skin biopsies at the office, helping the team diagnose skin conditions. 

When do I need a skin biopsy?

Your provider at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, determines when you need a skin biopsy after examining your skin problem or concern. You may benefit from a skin biopsy if you have a skin lesion your provider thinks may be cancerous.

The health providers may also perform a skin biopsy to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis causing your skin rash. 

What happens during a skin biopsy?

Your Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, provider reviews what you can expect during your skin biopsy at your initial evaluation. They may use various techniques to remove the sample of skin needed for testing, such as:

Shave biopsy

During a shave biopsy, your provider shaves off the top layer of your skin lesion and some of the surrounding healthy tissue. 

Excisional biopsy

An excisional biopsy involves removing the entire skin lesion with a scalpel. 

Punch biopsy

Your provider uses a special tool to remove a circular-shaped portion of your skin lesion for a punch biopsy. 

Incisional biopsy

Your provider may perform an incisional biopsy for a large skin lesion, removing a portion of the abnormal tissue. 

Before your skin biopsy, your provider at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, administers a local anesthetic to ease pain during the skin removal process. After your skin biopsy, your provider sutures and covers the wound. 

How long does it take to get results from a skin biopsy?

After your skin biopsy, Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, sends your tissue sample to a pathologist for evaluation. They explain when you can expect results from your skin biopsy at your procedure.

Results may take 1-2 weeks, depending on the type of lesion. You may need additional treatments once your provider has a firm diagnosis of your skin condition.

To schedule your skin biopsy at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, call the office or book an appointment online today. 

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