Skin growths of uncertain histology, or peculiar clinical presentations of skin disease may render a diagnostic skin biopsy mandatory. When skin cancer is suspected, benign or malignant, skin biopsy is the first step of the management protocol.
The procedure is simple and straight forward: a small amount of local anaesthetic, (similar to the one injected on your gums when you have dental work carried out) is injected on the site of lesional skin.
Subsequently, a small piece of skin is harvested in order to be processed for histology. When immunohistochemistry is needed there might be harvested some non lesional skin as well.
Skin is sutured and stitches are removed after 7-10 days.
The histology results they would be processed by an expert pathologist, in close collaboration with Dermaperfect, and are usually available in a couple of weeks time.