Early diagnosis of a suspicious skin lesion and skin biopsy can help identify melanoma and lead to early treatment and better survival.
A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of abnormal skin is removed under local anesthesia. The procedure is relatively painless and is performed in the office. The skin that is removed is processed and examined under a microscope by a trained pathologist who is specialized in melanoma.
What should you do to prepare for a skin biopsy?
Prior to undergoing a skin biopsy, please let us know about the following.
1 – Are taking any medicines, particularly anti-inflammatory medicines such as prednisone. Anti-inflammatory medicines may change the way your biopsy looks under the microscope.
2 – Are allergic to any medicines.
3 – Have had any bleeding problems or are taking blood-thinning medicines, such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin).
4 – Are or might be pregnant.
No other special preparation is needed before having this test.