Incisional and excisional biopsy refers to the procedures we perform to remove and examine a mole. Which one is done will depend on your providers diagnosis after a consultation. An incisional biopsy is performed to provide a skin sample for testing. An excisional biopsy is a larger procedure that removes the entire mass or lesion which is then carefully examined. If you would like to learn more about how you may benefit from this procedure, contact YourDerm.Ca in Calgary, AB.
What Is Incisional & Excisional Biopsy?
incisional and excisional biopsy is performed to study moles or other potential dermal concerns following a skin examination. This procedure is performed to not only secure optimal skin health but a greater peace of mind for your future wellness.
How Are How Incisional & Excisional Biopsies Done?
These in-office procedures include elliptical excisions, punch biopsy, saucerization excision, or a superficial shave biopsy. Depending on what the lesion looks like, one of these methods will be employed.
- Elliptical excisions are the most invasive and time-consuming, typically done for larger masses
- Punch biopsy provides a full thickness sample
- Saucerization excision is done on flat or pigmented tissue
- Superficial shave biopsy is for raised lesions
Benefits And Advantages Of Mole Removal
Useful information about your skin health can be obtained using incisional and excisional biopsy methods. The advantages of this technique are that it can be done quickly and in-office and the treated area is small and easy to care for. These are the types of lesions normally tested:
- Dysplastic nevi
- Bullous disorders
Further surgery may be required, depending on the test results. An incisional and excisional biopsy is most often done on lesions involving the lymph nodes, muscles, skin, and breasts.
What To Expect During Treatment
A local anesthetic will be applied to the area to ensure optimal comfort. A small incision is then made, and a tissue sample will be taken. The method used to close the incision depends on where it is located and how extensive it is. Ultrasound or x-rays may be used in cases where the location of the biopsy is uncertain.
How Will I Receive The Results?
After the tissue sample is reviewed, a report will be created to identify your results. The report details information about the test, why it was performed, and abnormal and normal findings. Your doctor will discuss the report with you as well as discuss further treatment options, if necessary.
Would you like to learn more about incisional and excisional biopsy for mole removal or a dermal lesion? Please contact us at YourDerm.Ca in Calgary, AB to schedule your initial consultation.