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Our private Skin biopsy services are provided at the Hadley Wood Hospital, High Barnet.

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A skin biopsy involves removing a small piece of skin so that the tissue can be tested and examined more closely in the labs.

The procedure

There are a number of reasons why a skin biopsy might be needed, including testing for cancerous cells, detecting infections, and diagnosing a range of other skin disorders.

The procedure is very quick and straightforward and youโ€™ll be able to go home afterwards. A number of different methods might be used, depending on the amount and depth of skin tissue required. Sometimes, the specialist will carefully scrape or shave, a small amount of skin from the surface (a shave biopsy), or a special โ€˜punchโ€™ tool may be used to remove a small segment. For larger or more precise procedures, a scalpel may be used to remove the required sample.

Whatever technique is used, the specialist will discuss it with you beforehand and explain whatโ€™s going to happen. The area will be cleaned first and a local anaesthetic is used to numb the area, so it shouldnโ€™t hurt.

It might be slightly sore afterwards for a couple of days or so, and there may be a small scar, which should fade with time. Sutures are usually placed after a biopsy and these are removed by your GP or at the hospital where you had the procedure. Suture removal is usually between 7-14 days after the procedure.

The skin sample is then sent to the labs for testing, and any results will be discussed with you during a follow-up further down the line.

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