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Skin Biopsy (cont.)

During the Procedure

  • The site of the skin biopsy is 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.
  • 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.

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