About Skin Biopsies

During a skin biopsy, a small amount of skin is removed to be observed under a microscope for diagnostic purposes. Doctor will suggest a biopsy only if you have any kind of skin lesion, skin tag or any other type of skin growth that is of concern.

It is a painless procedure as the area is numbed and disinfected before biopsy.

There are various types of biopsy procedures:

  • Shave biopsy
  • Punch biopsy
  • Wide Local Excision
  • Cyst Removal

Once the Biopsy is completed, a nurse will dress the area where the biopsy was done and apply antibiotic ointment and provide you with post care instructions.


  • Treatment Time 30-60 Minutes
  • Discomfort Level Mild to moderate
  • Anesthesia Injectable
  • Recovery Time 4 to 10 days (depending on the size and type of biopsy)
Questions & Answers

Do you have a question about Skin Biopsies? To get started, ask your family physician for a requisition form to book an appointment with Dr. Neel Malhotra and we look forward to seeing you at our clinic.

Is a Skin Biopsy considered surgery?

A Skin Biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure where local injectable anesthetic is given prior to the procedure to increase comfort. The procedure will only take a couple of minutes to 1 hour.

Is a Skin Biopsy Painful?

While a Skin Biopsy may sound scary, it’s important to remember that most are entirely pain-free.

Is a Skin Biopsy a treatment for skin cancer?

If you have a basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, the entire lesion may be removed during the biopsy. If you are diagnosed with melanoma, you will need more tests to see if the cancer has spread. So, biopsy may be a treatment for your lesion, or it may only be used as a diagnostic tool.

Do I need to rest after a Skin Biopsy?

Avoid vigorous exercise and lifting heavy objects. You will be provided with post procedure instructions at the time of the biopsy as they may change if sutures or stitches are required.