Skin Biopsy Specialist

Altus Medical Care

Internal Medicine located in Trenton, NJ

Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer today, but it’s also the one that responds best to treatment. If you have a suspicious mole, Altus Medical Care physicians Rajnish Chawla, MD, and Rupinder Chawla, MD, can perform a simple skin biopsy on-site to check for cancer. This gives you the answers you need quickly and with no downtime. For a quick and professional skin biopsy in Trenton, New Jersey, schedule online or call the office now.

Skin Biopsy Q & A

When do I need a skin biopsy?

If you have a suspicious mole, your Altus Medical Care provider may recommend a skin biopsy. Sometimes, your provider may identify potentially cancerous moles during a physical, well-woman visit, or another exam. In other cases, you might notice a suspicious mole on your own, during a self-exam. 

Sometimes, skin biopsies identify conditions like eczema, psoriasis, bacterial infections, or fungal infections, as well. 

How often should I do skin checks at home?

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a head-to-toe self-exam once a month. Potential signs of skin cancer include:

  • Asymmetrical moles
  • Moles with uneven borders
  • Moles with more than one color
  • Moles larger than a pencil eraser
  • Moles that suddenly change in appearance or texture

If you have any of these symptoms, contact a member of the Altus Medical Care team to schedule an exam as soon as possible.

How does a skin biopsy work?

Your Altus Medical Care provider cleans the area around your mole and then administers a local anesthetic to numb your skin in that area. You might feel a quick burning sensation, but it's minor and goes away within seconds. Your care provider then uses an instrument like a scalpel, blade, or punch tool to remove a portion or sometimes all of the mole or other suspicious skin growth. 

Usually, you don't need stitches after a biopsy, as the wound will heal naturally. But, if your care provider removed a larger skin sample, they may make a few tiny stitches to close your skin. The skin biopsy typically lasts only a few minutes, and there's no downtime at all.

What happens after a skin biopsy?

Pathologists at a state-of-the-art laboratory examine your skin sample under high magnification to check for signs of cancer and then confer with your Altus Medical Care providers. If you have skin cancer or abnormal skin cells, you may need another skin biopsy or other tests to see if the cancer has spread. You may also need full mole removal if the entire growth wasn’t removed for your biopsy. 

If you have skin cancer, there’s a 98% treatment success rate with early detection. The Altus Medical Care team is here to support and help if you’re dealing with moles or other suspicious skin growths. Reach out to book your appointment online or by phone now.