A biopsy is sometimes performed if a lesion appears unusual or suspicious. A small part of the lesion (2-3mm diameter) will be removed under local anaesthetic for study by a pathologist to help make the diagnosis. Most biopsies do not require stiches and will normally be covered by a band aid or dressing. If the biopsy is positive for skin cancer, then it may require further treatment.
An excision is the complete removal of a suspicious lesion or skin cancer. The doctor will perform the excision in our theatre room under local anaesthetic. The lesion that is removed will be sent to a pathologist for further examination.
Once the lesion is removed the doctor will insert some stitches to close the wound and a dressing will be applied. You will need to return to the Clinic to have the stitches removed in a week or two depending on the area treated.