Tests and treatments
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.
- 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
Latest publication date: 05/02/2021
Supervising author: Dr Van Autryve Els