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Jupiter, FL 33458
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Noah K. Weisberg, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist
Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon
Kathryn Goggins, M.M.S., PA-C
Physician Assistant
Barbara Acosta, MC, MSc., PA-C
Physician Assistant

What Are Skin Biopsies?

Skin Cancer Care Specialists | February 9, 2017

When you have an abnormal area of skin or something that looks potentially cancerous, a doctor will often perform what is known as a skin biopsy. A simple test used to examine a particular area of skin, a skin biopsy involves the placement of a needle into the skin to remove a sample. That sample then gets examined and evaluated for the presence of cancer or other skin diseases. Skin biopsies are in-office procedures usually performed with local anesthesia.

Conditions a Skin Biopsy Can Detect

Skin biopsies are used to diagnose or treat a variety of skin conditions, including:

  • Skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma
  • Skin infections
  • Skin tags
  • Suspicious moles, warts or other growths
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Dermatitis
  • Blistering skin disorders

What to Expect

On the day of your biopsy, you’ll come into our office, where we’ll clean the site and the medical provider will inject a local anesthetic. This may sting, but only for a second or two, and then the rest of the procedure is completely comfortable. A sample of skin is removed so it can be examined under a high‐powered microscope for abnormalities. Typically, you can go home soon afterwards.

What to Do Afterwards

After your biopsy, you’ll want to keep the wound clean and dry; it should fully heal within a week or two. Otherwise, you are free to return to normal activities. Do you have any questions about a skin biopsy and how it works? Interested in talking to a member of our team? Contact us anytime to set up a consultation with Dr. Weisberg or with Kathryn LaCalamita, PA-C.




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