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Skin Biopsy (cont.)

During the Procedure

  • The site of the skin biopsy may be cleaned with an iodine-type solution, with alcohol, or with a sterile soap solution. After the skin has been cleaned, sterile towels are placed around the area. Do not touch this area once it has been cleaned and prepared. Many physicians do not go through this process since the chance of an infection after a skin biopsy is very small.
  • A local anesthetic, usually lidocaine, is injected into the skin to make it numb. You will feel a brief prick and stinging sensation as the medicine is injected. After the skin is numb, your doctor performs the biopsy.
  • The tissue that is removed is sent to the laboratory for analysis by a pathologist.
  • If needed, stitches are placed to close the wound.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014
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