Overview

Having a biopsy? What to expect

A biopsy involves taking a small sample of the skin (usually 2 or 3mm) so as to determine the nature of a specific spot or lesion on the skin.

A biopsy is a very simple, quick and straight forward procedure undertaken in our consultants procedure room. A small instrument is used to take a core specimen (usually 3-4mm in size) of the lesion after a tiny amount of local anaesthetic is injected into the skin. A single suture is usually required so as to avoid scar formation.

Once completed, the biopsy specimen is sent to a pathologist for examination and diagnosis. The result of the biopsy is sent electronically to your dermatologist and will determine whether you need further treatment of your lesion. The dermatologist will contact you once the results have been received usually within about 3 -4 days after the biopsy has been taken.

If you have not heard from your dermatologist within 7 working days of having a biopsy please contact our rooms on (02) 9958 1555.