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.
- The dermatologist charges for the removal of the tissue to be examined. This is the biopsy charge.
- 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
- Wash the biopsy site with soap and water only. (No hydrogen peroxide)
- Thoroughly dry the area and apply a small amount of ointment. (Vaseline or Aquaphor)
- 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.
- Call the office if signs of infection occur, i.e. excessive redness, swelling, heat, increased pain or yellow discharge.