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Skin Biopsy

If you have a skin issue that cannot be diagnosed visually, a skin biopsy can provide our staff with the answers they need – and in turn, the treatment you need.

 

Whether it’s a mole, a lesion or a rash, a skin biopsy can be taken to help our staff get more information to see what needs to happen next.

Skin Institute clients benefit from the only multidisciplinary skin cancer organisation, which has an immense wealth of surgical expertise and knowledge of skin diseases.

Mr Rajan S Patel
CCPDMA Surgeon, Facial Plastics, Reconstruction, Skin Cancer
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Book a skin cancer consultation with one of our Doctors. You may be after a full body skin cancer assessment, or a consultation for a specific skin cancer concern. Whatever your need, we have Doctors available to help.

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Book a skin cancer consultation with one of our Doctors. You may be after a full body skin cancer assessment, or a consultation for a specific skin cancer concern. Whatever your need, we have Doctors available to help.

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Depending on the specifics of your case (location and nature of the lesion along with any suspected diagnosis), we will select from the following biopsy options:

 

  • Punch biopsy. A circular piece of tissue will be removed, with all layers of skin extracted for full observation in the laboratory. You may need stitches.
  • Shave biopsy. If the rash or lesion is only in the top layers of your skin, our team will shave off a piece skin – no stitches necessary.
  • Incision biopsy. When a larger piece of tissue is needed, a scalpel will be used to excise the tissue, creating a full-thickness biopsy. Stitches will be required.
  • Excision biopsy. As opposite to non-biopsy excisions, where the removal of the lesion is the whole treatment process, an excision biopsy involves full removal of the lesion but with an expectation that further treatment will be required.

We perform several different kinds of biopsies at Skin Institute, but all of them follow the same basic process:

  • Injection
  • Removal
  • Sutures
Treatment

When you receive a skin biopsy, there are three main things that will occur. Local anaesthetic will be injected, the piece of tissue will be removed according to the specifics listed above, and finally, the wound will be closed with sutures if necessary.    

Why Skin Institute?

At Skin Institute, we understand that skin cancer can be an intimidating diagnosis to come to terms with. Our multidisciplinary clinics are thoroughly experienced with skin cancer management – and our team of highly-qualified specialists will guide you through from diagnosis to treatment to a healthier tomorrow. You can rely on us to be at your side through the whole process.

Skin Institute is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society, and skin cancer treatments may be covered by medical insurance where criteria apply.


Book a Consultation
Book a skin cancer consultation

Book a skin cancer consultation with one of our Doctors. You may be after a full body skin cancer assessment, or a consultation for a specific skin cancer concern. Whatever your need, we have Doctors available to help.