Skin Biopsy in Bedford, TX

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What Is A Skin Biopsy?

A skin biopsy is a highly effective way to diagnose skin conditions, including skin cancer, infection, eczema, and psoriasis. At Essential Dermatology Group, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Calvin Williams performs skin biopsies for patients in and around Bedford, TX. This simple and quick procedure is useful in determining the proper treatment you may need for your particular skin concern. During your consultation, Dr. Williams will go over what type of biopsy he recommends. Once the tissue sample has been taken, the biopsy will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Once the results come in, any necessary treatment can be provided.

What Can I Expect from A Skin Biopsy?

In general, a skin biopsy takes about 15 minutes to complete. To begin, the area where the sample will be taken will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure you don't feel any discomfort. Then, depending on the method chosen, you may either need a bandage or stitches to close up the wound after the biopsy has been performed. There are three different types of biopsies available, and Dr. Williams may use one of the following:

  • Shave biopsy: Using a razor blade, a small sample of the top layer of skin is scraped off
  • Punch biopsy: Using a circular blade, a tiny puncture is made to include deeper layers of the skin
  • Excisional biopsy: A small incision with a scalpel is made to remove a suspicious-looking lump or an entire area of abnormal skin, including a small amount of normal skin

Dr. Williams caught a skin cancer that other docs ignored. I recommend him to everyone.

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Dr. Williams and his staff are awesome. My hair has started growing like crazy due to the regimen Dr. Williams started me on. I am so grateful!

K. Google

Great experience with the no-fluff Dr. Williams. Thorough and methodical approach. I’m so glad I finally found an educated dermatologist versus these pseudo-med spa sales dermatologists out there now.

K.J. Google

My overall visit with Dr. Williams was good. Very informative and he listened to my concerns. Everything was explained for my understanding.

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Very professional, staff attentive and pleasant. Dr Williams listened, explained, very attentive as well. Took his time to appropriately address my concerns.

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Diagnose Your Skin Condition

If you have a new mole or lesion, an area of skin that has changed in texture, or other suspicious-looking growths you are worried about, give Essential Dermatology Group a call today. Dr. Calvin Williams, our board-certified dermatologist, can retrieve a small sample of skin for testing through a skin biopsy. Schedule an appointment at our Bedford, TX office today to ease your mind by getting the answers you need.

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Does a skin biopsy hurt?

Skin biopsies at Essential Dermatology Group are typically performed under a local anesthetic, so many patients find the procedure to be tolerable. At most, you may feel a slight pinch or pressure during the biopsy, but it should not be overly painful. Afterward, you may have mild soreness, swelling, or redness at the treatment site, which is normal and can be addressed with over-the-counter pain medication or an ice pack placed over the bandaged area.

Does a skin biopsy leave a scar?

Yes. A scar tends to form because essentially a small wound is being made in the skin. The size and appearance of the scar can vary significantly, depending on the location of where the biopsy was performed. However, with proper aftercare, there is a high likelihood that your scar may heal and fade quickly. Dr. Calvin Williams will provide you with instructions for how to properly care for your wound after your skin biopsy has been conducted.

Can I swim after a skin biopsy?

After you've gotten a skin biopsy at our Bedford, TX practice, it is highly recommended that you avoid swimming, hot tubs, and natural bodies of water until your treatment area heals to help reduce your risk of infection. Generally, it takes approximately 7 – 10 days for the wound from a skin biopsy to heal. Dr. Calvin Williams will provide specific instructions for when it is safe to resume water activities, as it may depend on the size, location, and type of skin biopsy that was performed.

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