Skin Biopsies in Chicago, IL
From the time people come into the world, their skin gets exposed to the harsh environment of Earth. As the largest organ of the body, it is vital to care for your skin and check for irregular-looking moles, freckles, or growths. When you find something that looks unusual, you may need to see your doctor for a skin biopsy.
Do You Need a Skin Biopsy?
A dermatologist often finds suspicious-looking moles or lesions on people while treating them for other skin conditions. With moles, they may appear:
- Irregularly shaped – Instead of being round, the mole has small bumps or raised areas on its edges.
- A spot on the mole is changing color from brown to black.
- It will have a raised area that feels like there is a lump beneath it.
- The mole may have an ulcerated, rough, or scaly surface.
- Suspicious moles may begin weeping or bleeding.
After examining the mole, the doctor may determine that it needs a skin biopsy to check for cancer. Skin lesions are abnormal growths or areas on the skin that appears different from the rest of the skin around it. Sometimes rashes will need biopsies as well if the dermatologist hasn’t been able to identify it during an exam or through a patch test.
How are Skin Biopsies Done?
When you a suspect mole, rash, or need a skin lesion tested, one of our doctors at Lau Medical in Chicago will have the area cleansed with alcohol, and then he or she will inject the area with a numbing solution.
After the area is numb, our doctor will do one of four biopsies to determine if cancer is present or to identify the growth or rash. The four biopsies are:
- Shave biopsy
- Saucerization biopsy
- Punch biopsy
- Excisional biopsy
One of our doctors at Lau Medical will go deep into the skin, depending on which biopsy is necessary to take a piece of skin, mole, or mass to test. Skin cancer, skin infections, blistering skin disorders, or inflammatory skin diseases are some of the conditions that our doctors near you in Chicago, IL, are trying to diagnosis.
If you find an abnormal mole, a rash that doesn’t clear up, or a lump under the skin, make an appointment to consult one of our doctors.