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Skin Biopsies in Longview, TX

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SKIN BIOPSIES

If you have a skin growth or mole, Dr. Brenda Vozza and the expert team at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates offer skin biopsies for early detection and treatment of any malignant conditions. For expert testing and treatment of skin abnormalities in Longview, TX, call or book online to schedule an appointment today.

No need to wonder if your skin growth is malignant or benign. At Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates, P.A., our experienced providers encourage skin biopsies for many benefits like:

  • Diagnose and catch malignant growths before they become too harmful
  • Stop the spread of disease
  • Get quick and uncomplicated results
  • Ease your mind and increase your health confidence

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What Are the Benefits of a Skin Biopsy?

If you have a skin abnormality, such as a mole, rash, redness, or swelling, you may be an ideal candidate for a skin biopsy. To learn more, reach out to a member of our team at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates, P.A. to schedule a consultation. Our experienced staff can listen to your concerns and assess your skin in order to determine if this is the right treatment for you.

WHAT IS A SKIN BIOPSY?

A skin biopsy tests a sample of your skin for malignant conditions, such as skin cancer. During the biopsy, a small sample of your skin is removed for further examination under a microscope. Dr. Vozza performs a shave biopsy of lesions. Anything that she thinks could qualify for a more specialized biopsy is sent to a dermatologist.

Shave biopsies are the most superficial of the three biopsies. Your doctor uses a thin device similar to a razor to shave off the top layers of skin. Local anesthesia is applied prior to the biopsy, and cautery is used at the end to control bleeding.

WHEN SHOULD I GET A SKIN BIOPSY?

A skin biopsy is a useful tool to detect a range of conditions, from skin infections and warts to skin cancer. Skin biopsies are usually low-intensity procedures and often take less than 15 minutes. However, patients with certain conditions should take precautions before scheduling a skin biopsy. Talk to your doctor if you’re thinking of getting a skin biopsy but have a history of hemostasis or other bleeding disorders, as well as any skin infections.

IS IT PAINFUL TO GET A SKIN BIOPSY?

To decrease discomfort during a skin biopsy, your practitioner applies an anesthetic to the area of the skin biopsy before the procedure. This is often done with a small needle, and you may feel a pinch before the area is numbed.

After the procedure, keep the biopsy area clean to avoid infection. Wash the area with soap and water, and apply antibiotic cream and a bandage (such as a BAND-AID®). You may experience a little soreness around the area in the next couple of days, but if you feel a lot of pain, you should contact your doctor.

Although getting a skin biopsy can be anxiety-provoking, it’s an important step to take for preventive care. If you’re concerned about a skin abnormality, call or book online to schedule an appointment today.

If you've noticed a new growth on your body that looks suspicious, call Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates, P.A. to set up a consultation. Dr. Brenda Vozza can perform a skin biopsy to gather valuable insights for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Schedule your skin biopsy today at our office in Longview, TX to gain peace of mind and take control of your well-being.

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How do I prepare for a skin biopsy?
Prior to a skin biopsy, it's important to inform Dr. Vozza of any relevant prescriptions or medical conditions. You may need to stop taking certain medications that increase your risk of bleeding. Try to keep the treatment area clean and free from any lotions, makeup, or creams. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing so we can easily access the biopsy area.
Does a skin biopsy cause scarring?
In most cases, the scarring from a skin biopsy is minimal. However, if your biopsy requires a deeper cut or stitches, it may leave more noticeable scars. Rest assured that Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates uses precise techniques and cutting-edge tools to minimize your overall risk of scarring.
What is the recovery time after a skin biopsy?
Most people recover quickly from a skin biopsy procedure, but this timeline may vary among patients. Depending on the size and type of biopsy, our Longview, TX team may recommend taking certain steps to ensure your skin heals properly. These steps may include cleansing the area, applying antibiotic cream, and covering it with a bandage or dressing.
What can a skin biopsy diagnose?

A skin biopsy can diagnose a wide range of skin conditions, including skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, as well as benign tumors, inflammatory skin disorders (e.g., psoriasis, eczema), infectious diseases (e.g., fungal infections, bacterial infections), and autoimmune conditions (e.g., lupus, dermatomyositis).

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

The time it takes to receive the results of a skin biopsy can vary depending on the laboratory's workload and the complexity of the analysis. In general, results are available within 1 – 2 weeks. A member of our team at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates, P.A. will notify you of the results and discuss any further steps or treatment options.

Can I apply makeup or skin care products to the biopsy site?

It's generally best to avoid applying makeup or skin care products to the biopsy site until it has fully healed. Our staff in Longview, TX may provide specific instructions on when it's safe to resume using these products. In the meantime, focus on gentle cleansing and moisturizing of the area to support healing.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.