Biopsy Aftercare

What is a Biopsy?

A biopsy is the removal of a small sample of the skin by your dermatologist. The tissue is sent to a dermatopathologist who examines the sample under a microscope and renders a diagnosis from the findings in the tissue sample. Your dermatologist reviews the pathology and coordinates treatment for your condition.

There are charges from two different offices when a biopsy is performed.

  1. The dermatologist charges for the removal of the tissue to be examined. This is the biopsy charge.
  2. The pathologist charges for the preparation and evaluation of the tissue under the microscope. This is the pathology charge.

How to care for the biopsy site

  1. Wash the biopsy site with soap and water only. (No hydrogen peroxide)
  2. Thoroughly dry the area and apply a small amount of ointment. (Vaseline or Aquaphor)
  3. Place a small dressing or band-aid over the wound and change daily. We make every effort to contact our patients about their biopsies within 2 weeks. Unfortunately, sometimes we are unable to reach you during regular business hours. If you have not heard from us in 2 weeks, please call the office at 770-460-8988.
  4. Call the office if signs of infection occur, i.e. excessive redness, swelling, heat, increased pain or yellow discharge.