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Biopsy and C+E

In The San Francisco Bay Area

Biopsy and C+E

In The San Francisco Bay Area

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Skin Biopsy Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area

At PotozkinMD Skin Care and Laser Center, we can perform multiple types of skin biopsies to remove different types of growths.

What is a skin biopsy?

A skin biopsy is a procedure performed by your dermatologist when they need to remove skin cell samples to send off to the lab for testing. Skin cells are examined and tested for certain types of skin conditions. Other times it might simply be a removal procedure of unhealthy or abnormal tissue.

A skin biopsy can test and diagnose conditions and diseases such as:

  • Skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma
  • Infections
  • Skin tags
  • Moles or other abnormal growths
  • Warts
  • Actinic keratosis 
  • Blistering skin disorders
  • Any type of inflammatory skin condition

What are the main types of skin biopsy?

There are three main types of skin biopsy that may be performed depending on your unique skin condition:

  • Shave biopsy– Your dermatologist will use a razor-like tool to remove a small section of the top layer of skin
  • Punch biopsy– Your dermatologist will use a circular tool to remove a tiny core of skin including deeper layers into the superficial fat
  • Excisional biopsy– Your dermatologist uses a scalpel to remove an entire area of abnormal skin that includes into the fatty tissue under the skin

What should you expect with a skin biopsy?

During your visit at PotozkinMD, we will be able to walk you through our assessment of your skin issue and all of the detailed steps of how testing and diagnosis will go. We will tell you anything you need to know in regards to preparation, what to expect during the procedure, and how to care for the area after your treatment is completed.

You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area to make you comfortable during the treatment. The numbing medication is usually given by a tiny needle into the targeted area to make sure it numbs effectively down through the inner layers of the skin and into the fatty tissue. You shouldn’t feel any discomfort or pain during the procedure.

From preparation time all the way through dressing the wound, a biopsy usually takes less than 15 minutes. It’s relatively a quick and simple procedure, and you will be sent home with instructions on how to care for the treatment area afterwards.

How long it will take to get the results back will depend on what type of skin conditions are being tested for. Typically it will take up to several days, and in some really unique cases, a bit longer. 

Sometimes a C&E (curettage and electrodesiccation), a.k.a. “scrape and burn” procedure may be recommended to treat certain types of skin cancers if detected. Your dermatologist will scrape away the cancerous tissue and use an electrical current to dry out and coagulate the tissue.

C&E can be used if you are diagnosed with certain, non-invasive forms of basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. These types of cancer are thin, small, and have well-defined borders.

Our team is here for you every step of the way when it comes to assessing, diagnosing, and treating any type of skin condition you may be experiencing.

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"He saved my life! Literally! I've been seeing Dr. Potozkin for over 20 years and I wouldn't trust anyone else with my skin. I had melanoma 20 years ago and he took care of me and just recently I had it again. And might have more, but I'm waiting on the results. But if I do, I am confident that Dr Potozkin and his highly trained staff will take care of me. He is the best in his field. Everyone on his staff is so caring and helpful. I feel so comfortable when I'm there. So please, if you have any skin concerns, make an appointment, don't delay, your life may depend on it."

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