How long does a skin biopsy appointment usually last? i am nervous about my upcoming biopsy i have scheduled. how long does a procedure like this usually last?
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
It : It depends on how complex the lesion is and whether you are having mohs surgery done. Mohs surgery takes longer because small sections of the area are removed and analyzed under a microscope to determine if the lesion was completely removed. Because the mohs surgery is more conservative it will take more steps and a longer time. Additionally, the time of surgery is also affected by how long it takes to close the resulting defect.
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Dermatology 15 years experience
5-10 minutes: A simple skin biopsy can be performed in just a few minutes.
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Dermatology 28 years experience
Depends: The biopsy itself is very quick--can be done in a few minutes. But the appointment can take much longer if you have a lot of questions. Also, if the doctor thinks you have an obvious skin cancer, they may spend more time talking to you about treatment options to get you prepared for the next step.
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Last updated Sep 20, 2017
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