What is surgical excision?
Surgical excision, also known as an excisional biopsy, is a procedure that removes cells or samples of skin from the surface of the body. During the surgery, a doctor will use a scalpel to remove a lump or an entire area of abnormal skin. A small portion of normal skin down to or through a fatty layer of skin will also be removed for the sample. You will receive a local anesthetic beforehand to numb the area. The numbing medication may cause a temporary burning sensation, but this will fade after a few seconds. With the biopsy site numb, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort or pain during the procedure. Stitches may be needed to close the wound and adhesive bandages will be placed over the excision to prevent bleeding and to protect the wound.
Why are they done?
Skin biopsies are performed to rule out or diagnose serious skin conditions and diseases. Skin lesions can also be removed with this procedure. They are extremely helpful and necessary for diagnosing:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Actinic keratosis
When can I expect the results?
After your procedure, we will send the skin sample to a lab for testing. Results may take several days or multiple weeks to come back. We will also schedule an office appointment to go over the results with you. We encourage you to ask questions and get a full understanding of the results.
Schedule a consultation in Seacoast, NH or North Shore, MA
If you have skin lesions that you’d like to address, we encourage you to request a consultation at one of our four locations: Dover, Newington, Peabody or Londonderry. If you live in the Seacoast region or the North Shore, we can remove your lesion(s) via surgical excision or other means. During your consultation, we will determine which treatment option is best for you. Call (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody) or (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry), or request your consultation on our website to get started.