Why you might need?
Generally, patients need a shave biopsy to confirm the presence or absence of a tumour in a particular area for diagnostic purposes. Often a shave biopsy can be used to remove benign lesions in order to give you a better cosmetic scar, compared to a straight line scar.
A thin piece of skin is removed from the surface of the skin using a sharp blade. Following this procedure you will be left with a superficial graze that will heal over one to two weeks. The procedure will involve an injection of local anaesthetic that will numb the area and thereafter you will have a plaster to cover this. The procedure normally takes 5 to 10 minutes
We normally work on a quick turnaround of two to three days, your surgeon will usually arrange a follow up consultation with you within a week of your procedure to discuss your results. Sometimes due to extra tests being required there may be a delay in your result but this will be discussed with you.
Typically, a wound will take approximately 2-3 weeks to heal over. Scarring may occur and the site will initially be red and raised but will usually reduce in colour and size over several months.
The procedure typically takes 5-10 minutes
2-3 weeks to heel over