What is a biopsy?
A “Biopsy” is the removal of a small sample of a growth on the skin by your dermatologist. The sample is then sent to a dermatopathologist, a doctor who examines this sample under a microscope and renders a diagnosis regarding the type of growth or disease present.
Your doctor then reviews the dermatopathologists findings and coordinates that with his/her observation of your condition. Knowing the type of growth or disease helps your doctor determine the best possible way to treat you.
There are charges from two places when a biopsy is performed:
- The dermatologist for removal of the tissue to be examined, and
- The dermatopathologist for the preparation and evaluation of the tissue under the microscope.
Care of biopsy site
- Cleanse the biopsy site with soap and water once or twice a day.
- Apply Vaseline ointment. (not Neosporin or double/triple antibiotic ointment)
- Place a small dressing or Band-Aid.
- Do this once or twice a day until healed. (approximately 2-3 weeks)
- It is normal to have a red ring around biopsy site with a white to light yellow center.
- If you have any concerns or questions call our office at 704-321-3376.
- If you have not heard from our office in 3 weeks, please call for your report.
Studies show that wounds heal better when covered with ointment and a dressing.