Get the Best Skin Biopsy for Skin Disease Diagnosis in Islamabad

If you notice a rash or mole on your skin, don’t take it lightly, it is advisable to see a dermatologist to have it examined. Dr. Afsheen Bilal may recommend a skin biopsy. 

What is a Skin Biopsy?

A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample of skin is removed and examined under a microscope. This simple procedure helps diagnose different skin conditions and diseases, such as infections, inflammatory skin concerns like rash or eczema, and skin cancers. Only some specific skin lesions need a biopsy.

What is it Used for?

The word “biopsy” is one of those disturbing words that people often connect with cancer. To some extent it is true, but skin biopsy is also done to diagnose many different skin conditions. Such as:

  • Skin cancers (such as basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, nonmelanoma and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin)
  • Infections (different bacterial or fungal infections)
  • Inflammatory skin conditions (such as psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, and dermatitis)
  • Autoimmune disorders (such as lupus and vitiligo)
  • Benign skin growths (such as acne, moles or warts)

Skin Biopsy Types

The technique applied to remove the skin sample depends on the suspected condition and the size of the growth. The five common types of skin biopsies are:

  1. Shave Biopsy: Dermatologists may use a tool like a razor blade to shave off a top thin layer of the growth to get it examined under a microscope.
  2. Punch Biopsy: Uses a circular tool to remove a small, cylindrical section of skin, including deeper layers. If dermatologists need deeper layers of the skin to get a good sample, they use a tube-shaped tool, called a punch that works like a cookie cutter. It is commonly used to diagnose rashes and other conditions affecting the skin.
  3. Scissors Biopsy or Snip Biopsy: This type is used to remove a hanging growth from the skin. A dermatologist uses surgical-grade scissors to cut off the hanging growth from the skin for laboratory tests.
  4. Excisional Biopsy: A dermatologist removes an entire lump or area of abnormal skin, along with some surrounding tissue. This method is commonly used for diagnosing melanoma.
  5. Incisional Biopsy: It is just like an excisional biopsy. When the wound is too large to be completely removed, the dermatologist takes only a part of the abnormal area of the skin.

Ideal Candidates for Skin Biopsy

If anyone finds these symptoms, he should consult an experienced Dr. Afsheen Bilal for a skin biopsy:

  • Doubtful moles or growths.
  • Rashes or skin lesions.
  • Chronic skin infections that are not healing with treatments.
  • Skin abnormalities where you notice changes in colour, size, or shape.

Skin Biopsy Procedure

The doctor will cleanse the area to be biopsied. He will use an anaesthetic injection to numb the skin. Using one of the biopsy techniques mentioned before, he will take a sample of your skin. Finally, he will apply antibiotic ointment and cover the biopsy area with a sterile bandage. Except shave biopsy, punch, excisional, and incisional biopsies need stitches. You should follow the instructions given by Dr. Afsheen to avoid infection. The skin biopsy procedure is simple, quick and can be performed in a dermatologist’s office.

Why Choose Dr. Afsheen Bilal for Skin Biopsy Procedure in Islamabad?

Dr. Afsheen Bilal is one of the best-qualified dermatologists in Islamabad with a high patient satisfaction rate. Dr. Afsheen has earned her expertise in dermatology and is an expert in the treatment of skin-related disorders such as eczema, rosacea, acne, etc. She provides personalized treatment plans for patients of all age groups. She offers skin aesthetic services based on a patient’s symptoms and goals. Her expertise ensures accurate diagnoses and the best treatment plans for various skin conditions.

Book Your Consultation Now

If you notice any abnormality in the skin and think a biopsy might be needed, don’t hesitate to contact the ARB clinic in Islamabad. Schedule your consultation today to ensure you receive the expert care and accurate diagnosis you deserve.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Painful is a Skin Biopsy?

A skin biopsy is usually performed using local anaesthesia that numbs the area and makes the procedure less painful. Patients only feel a slight pinch or sting when the injection is applied, but the biopsy itself is generally painless. You may get a little uncomfortable when anaesthesia wears off, but this can be solved by taking pain relievers.

When Do You Need a Skin Biopsy?

A skin biopsy is necessary when Dr. Afsheen needs to diagnose specific skin conditions. If you witness a suspicious mole, a rash, a persistent skin infection, or any skin lesion that changes its colour, shape or size, a biopsy may be recommended.

How is a Skin Biopsy Done?

A skin biopsy consists of cleaning and numbing the area, extracting a small piece of skin using one of the biopsy tools, and finally dressing the wound. The collected sample is sent to a lab for microscopic examination to diagnose the problem accurately.

Are There Any Risks to the Test?

While skin biopsies are considered safe, there are a few risks such as infection, bleeding, scarring, and an allergic reaction to the local anesthetic. You can be saved from these risks when the procedure is performed by a skilful dermatologist like Dr. Afsheen Bilal.

Is Skin Biopsy Done Only for Cancer?

Skin biopsies are not only for cancer. They are also used to diagnose various skin conditions, such as infections, inflammatory disorders, and autoimmune diseases.

Why Does it Take so Long for Skin Biopsy Results?

The results of a biopsy can take several days to a few weeks to get ready. This is because the skin sample needs to be carefully prepared and then examined under a microscope by a pathologist. The pathologist’s thorough analysis is very important for an accurate diagnosis of the skin condition.

How Much is Skin Biopsy Cost?

The cost of a skin biopsy depends on the type of biopsy, the nature of the case, and the dermatologist. It is suggested to consult with the Dr. Afsheen Bilal for an accurate estimate. ARB clinic in Islamabad offers competitive pricing and excellent care.