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Excisions & Biopsies

When you have a suspicious-looking mole, a worrisome lesion, or you just want an unsightly skin tag removed, you can have an excision followed by a biopsy. You can be sure that your procedure is safe when the biopsy is done by the board-certified and highly skilled physicians at Associated Dermatologists in Berkley, Commerce, Novi, and West Bloomfield, Michigan. You also get prompt and accurate results from their in-office, fully accredited pathology lab. If you need a biopsy or have a question about skin lesions, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.

What are Biopsies?

A biopsy is a procedure to remove a sample of tissue from your body so it can be evaluated under a microscope. Biopsies are performed to diagnose certain skin problems, including cancer.

Biopsies are routinely performed on all lesions removed from your skin to identify the cells and be sure none are cancerous.

How are skin biopsies performed?
Associated Dermatologists may use one of several techniques to remove a lesion from your skin. These skin biopsies are safely performed in the office at Associated Dermatologists.

Shave biopsy, using a razor-like device to remove thin layers at the skin surface
Punch biopsy, using a round device to remove a small but deeper section of skin
Incisional biopsy, using a scalpel to remove a small area of skin
Excisional biopsy, using a scalpel to remove an entire lump, lesion, or abnormal area
These skin biopsies are safely performed in the office at Associated Dermatologists.

What skin conditions need a biopsy?
The team at Associated Dermatologists has years of experience identifying skin growths or lesions that look abnormal or irritated.

When any type of skin lesion raises their concern, they perform a biopsy to fully diagnose the problem and determine if the growth is precancerous or cancerous.

The types of skin growths that may need a biopsy include:

Actinic keratosis
Skin cancers
Skin infections
Skin tags
Bullous pemphigoid
Inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis
Early identification of growths and lesions makes it easier to treat the problem.

What happens during biopsies?
Excisions and biopsies are done in the office of Associated Dermatologists using a local anesthetic, allowing you to go home the same day.

The team follows strict standards for performing safe and effective excisions. They also have years of experience, so you can feel secure in their hands.

After cleaning the area being biopsied and injecting a local anesthetic, your provider performs either an excision, punch, or shave procedure. The process only takes a few minutes, depending on the number of skin lesions being removed.

The tissue sample goes to the onsite pathology lab for a microscopic evaluation. The lab at Associated Dermatologists is fully accredited by the College of American Pathologists, which means it meets the highest standards for quality and producing accurate results.

What happens after skin biopsies?
What happens next depends on the laboratory findings. In many cases, the biopsy or excision fully treats the problem. If your biopsy reveals a skin cancer, your provider will discuss with you the next step in your treatment, which depends on the type and extent of the cancer.

For expert biopsies and excisions, call Associated Dermatologists or schedule an appointment online today.