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Is skin biopsy a very common procedure?

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Dr. Jeremy Man
Dermatology 17 years experience
Yes: Skin biopsies are routinely performed by dermatologists and primary care doctors on a regular basis. It is one of the most commonly performed procedures in a dermatologists office. If a doctor recommends a biopsy, you should always be given a reason for it. A second opinion can be requested prior to allowing a biopsy if you feel it is unnecessary.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Very: This simple procedure is usually done in an office setting using local anesthesia. The sample is analyzed by a pathologist and/or the surgeon. Excisional biopsy of large lesions and immediate reconstruction can be done under local or with sedation or general anesthesia.

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