Skin biopsy
A skin biopsy is a procedure whereby a tiny piece of skin is surgically removed for diagnostic purposes. The skin specimen is sent for histology analysis to confirm the diagnosis.
The diagnostic skin biopsy is usually performed for any unusual skin rashes or suspicious skin lesion, to help with the diagnosis so that proper treatment can be subsequently arranged.

What do I expect from Skin Biopsy?

The procedure is generally well tolerated, and performed with minimal or no complications. The skin is pre-numbed with local anesthesia before the skin biopsy procedure, which can be performed via a few surgical methods-

Punch Biopsy

The most common method to sample a tiny piece of skin for histology analysis, using a disposable skin biopsy instrument ranging from 2-6mm in diameter. The post-biopsy small wound is usually closed by small sutures.

Shave Biopsy

A special shave blade instrument can be used to remove protruding skin lesions form the surface of the skin and no sutures are required. The wound forms a scab which usually heals well in 1-2 weeks.

Incisional Biopsy

A larger elliptical incision biopsy to the deeper skin layers may sometimes be required to diagnose certain skin conditions such as inflammation of the fat cells under the skin.

Excisional Biopsy

The suspicious skin lesion is biopsied and removed entirely both for cure and diagnostic purposes. The wound is then repaired and closed with sutures.
The information written and published on this website is not intended to substitute the recommendations of a trained professional and does not replace a professional consultation.
It is advisable to undergo a formal consultation to help establish a relationship between the doctor and yourself, accurately determine your concerns/problems, and get the appropriate treatments for them.
It is also imperative to note that the contents of the website with respect to treatments, results and pricing can vary from individual to individual, and can only be accurately determined by the doctor upon diagnosis.
Do note that all medical treatments will only be administered upon proper consultation, with the requirement that patients be above 21 years of age to provide legal consent.

Surgical Dermatology

Meet your Dermatologist

Dr Tay Liang Kiat

Dr Tay Liang Kiat is a fully accredited Dermatologist who specialises in skin cancers, Mohs micrographic surgery, dermatologic and nail surgery, aesthetic dermatology and laser procedures. With more than 20 years of clinical experience, he also manages other aspects of general ambulatory and inpatient dermatology, including eczema, psoriasis, acne, urticaria, hair loss, children skin issues and other complex medical dermatology. In addition, he has expertise in the use of the latest immunotherapy (biologics) treatment for severe eczema, psoriasis and urticaria.