What is it?

Certain skin disorders require that the skin be examined more deeply. In this case, the dermatologist will take a skin biopsy. Under a local anaesthetic, a small sample of skin is removed for examination under the microscope. Sutures will be placed afterwards so that only a tiny scar remains. The sample is then examined under the microscope to allow for a precise diagnosis.

Test procedure

  • Taking a skin biopsy is painless: you will only feel a brief sting.
  • The procedure takes about 15 minutes.
  • You will receive the results after one week.

Centres and specialist areas

Dermatology

Latest publication date: 05/02/2021
Supervising author: Dr Van Autryve Els