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Skin Biopsy

A biopsy involves removing a small sample of skin tissue for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment or both.

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

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A biopsy is commonly done if you have a lump or swelling of a part of the body where there is no apparent cause. In these situations, often the only way to confirm whether the area of concern is cancerous is to perform a biopsy to look at the cells under the microscope.

If we believe it necessary after your consultation or if you are interested in examining a skin complaint further, we may undertake a skin biopsy to check there are no underlying problems.

Skin Biopsies are currently only available at our London Harley Street clinic and are open for both current patients of The Private Clinic and those who have not yet been to the clinic.

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy involves removing a small sample of skin tissue for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment or both. If needed, the sample is sent for histopathological analysis for confirmation of diagnosis and, if necessary, further treatment will be planned accordingly.

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What to Expect

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Skin Biopsy Treatment

If we believe it necessary after your consultation or if you are interested in examining a skin complaint further, we may undertake a skin biopsy to check there are no underlying problems.

Skin Biopsies are currently only available at our Leeds and London Harley Street clinics and are open for both current patients of The Private Clinic and those who have not yet been to the clinic.

What happens during a biopsy?

Local anaesthetic will be applied to numb the area and your dermatologist will remove your lesion or skin sample. The method they use will depend on the nature of your skin complaint, but may consist of one of the following:

  • Shave Biopsy – A razor-like tool is used to literally ‘shave’ the tissue or top layers of skin (epidermis and a portion of the dermis) for examination.  This form of biopsy is often used for skin tags and more superficial blemishes on the skin.
  • Punch Biopsy – A small, circular tool is used to remove a sample of skin including deeper layers (epidermis, dermis and superficial fat).
  • Excisional Biopsy – In an excisional biopsy the entire lesion will normally be removed alongside a margin of normal skin around the problem area.
  • Curettage Biopsy – Often performed for superficial skin lesions, a small scoop-like instrument is used to scrape the lesion off the skin.

After your biopsy, if necessary, the area will be sealed through either stitches or cauterisation, which uses heat to seal the skin. Your dermatologist will advise on the best method for you and will explain your options thoroughly during consultation and treatment.

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After Your Skin Biopsy Treatment

Your dermatologist will advise you if further analysis of your skin samples will be required, depending on the nature of your skin complaint. They will inform you on how long the process of skin biopsy will take and will advise, if necessary, on any further treatments or tests that may be taken.

Our Medical Team

We are proud to have a knowledgeable team specialised in skincare, headed by leading UK dermatologist Dr Noor Almaani, with close collaboration from Dr. Rishika Sinha. We understand the stress that being unsure about a skin condition can bring, and aim to make the process as straightforward and easy as possible. We use the most advanced equipment and work with only the most professional staff to help you get the answers and results you want.

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