Skin Cancer Biopsy Los Angeles
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and while most skin cancers are easily treated, some can kill. Recognizing the symptoms and having it diagnosed at an earlier stage can help ensure a more positive outcome. Regular annual checkups are also important and can catch early signs of problems that you may have missed. If our Los Angeles skin cancer biopsy expert recommends a biopsy, the area in question will be further evaluated to identify and diagnose the skin condition.
You may need a biopsy if you have a mole, spot or lesion that has changed in color, size, shape or texture or have an abnormal lesion. Early diagnosis is important and can reduce the risk of metastasis and other complications. If you are a candidate for a skin biopsy, you will need to complete a medical history before proceeding. Our Los Angeles skin cancer biopsy expert may ask about any anti-inflammatory medications that you are taking as well as blood thinners. We also may ask about medication allergies and your pregnancy status.
Los Angeles Skin Cancer Biopsy
During a skin biopsy, our expert in skin cancer biopsy in Los Angeles will remove a small amount of tissue. One of several different methods may be used for the biopsy and can vary based on the location of the lesion and its size. The area will be cleaned first, and a local anesthetic will be administered to ensure your comfort. Then, a small amount of tissue may be shaved, punched or excised from the lesion or area of concern. Once the sample is obtained, it will be placed in a sterile container or solution to preserve the tissue, and then it will be processed and carefully examined.
Dr. Ghasri, our expert in skin cancer biopsy in Los Angeles, will discuss your options with you and explore the benefits and risks of a skin cancer biopsy. We will also provide you with further information about when you can expect your results.
Contact our offices today to learn more about your options or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghasri, our dermatologist in Los Angeles.