Biopsy of Suspicious Lesions
What does that mole on your skin really mean? The experts at The Bowman Institute of Dermatologic Surgery will biopsy suspicious lesions on your skin and provide a diagnosis and a treatment plan.
What Is a Skin Biopsy?
A skin biopsy removes cells or skin samples from the surface of your body. The samples are examined closely under a microscope to gather important information.
If Dr. Bowman recommends a skin biopsy for a suspicious lesion on your skin, he will use that biopsy to either diagnose or rule out certain types of skin cancer. You may undergo one of three types of skin biopsies:
- A shave biopsy uses a tool like a razor to collect cells from the top layers of the skin.
- A punch biopsy removes a small section of skin, including deeper layers of superficial fat.
- An excisional biopsy uses a scalpel to remove a larger portion of abnormal skin.
A skin biopsy at The Bowman Institute is the most reliable way to diagnose your skin condition and identify the best treatment. Whether you have actinic keratosis, psoriasis, or skin cancer, a biopsy will reveal the information that Dr. Bowman needs to design a treatment plan.
What To Expect During Your Biopsy
Once Dr. Bowman determines that a skin biopsy is needed to learn more about a suspicious lesion on your body, the process is relatively simple.
If needed, you receive a local anesthetic to prevent any pain and discomfort. Dr. Bowman determines the right type, size, location, and depth of your biopsy. After he collects the skin sample, you can return to your normal routine. The site of your biopsy requires some at-home care, but most heal quickly and don’t impact your day-to-day activities.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bowman carefully assesses your skin biopsy to diagnose or rule out certain skin cancers and diseases. He outlines his findings and develops a treatment or surgery plan based on the results of your biopsy.
Schedule Your Skin Biopsy in Tampa Bay
Suspicious skin lesions should never be ignored. Call (813) 977-2040 or visit us online to schedule your consultation at The Bowman Institute and get the highly personalized skin cancer treatment you need.