Skin Biopsy and Excision

What is Skin Biopsy and Excision?

Skin cancer can be easily treated when it is detected in the early stages. Unfortunately, because we love to spend time outdoors in the sun, it increases our risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Regular skin checks and getting skin abnormalities examined as soon as possible can prevent the spread of skin cancer.


If you notice the formation of a new spot, a change in the size or color of a mole, or the development of a skin lesion, it is crucial to contact us to schedule an assessment of your skin. We may need to perform a skin biopsy or excision to help you get your results quickly and the appropriate management plan where necessary.

What is a Skin Biopsy and Excision?

Some skin spots are obvious cancers, but others can be inconclusive on a skin check and require further analysis. A skin biopsy involves numbing the area with local anaesthetic, taking a portion of a suspicious skin lesion and sending it for pathology analysis at a laboratory for a diagnosis. An excision involves numbing the area with local anaesthetic, cutting out an entire mole or skin cancer with a surrounding area of tissue and sending it for pathology analysis to see if it has been completely removed.


Cancerous lesions and abnormal spots must be biopsied and excised to prevent their spread. At Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic, we perform biopsies and excisions for the following purposes:

  • To assist in making a diagnosis
  • To prevent the rapid growth or spread of lesions, tumors, or spots.
  • To achieve individual cosmetic goals

What to Expect During a Skin Biopsy and Excision?

A suspicious-looking spot can be benign, or it may be a

  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC),
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC),
  • Melanoma

If your practitioner suspects your lesion may be cancerous, he or she will arrange for you to have a skin excision.


Once we have removed the lesion, it is sent to pathology. Your excised skin will be reviewed by a pathology lab and checked for any cancerous cells. You should expect to receive your lab results within just a few days.


Skin excisions may cause mild discomfort at the surgical site. Your specialist will advise on the steps you can take to relieve your discomfort. After the skin excision, it is essential to follow the instructions provided by your practitioner when caring for your wound at home.

Will I Be Left with a Scar After the Excision?

Our highly skilled doctors perform a high number of excisions and strive to ensure patients are left with minimal scarring. Aftercare is also an important part of reducing scars and preventing infection.

Speak to Us for a Scheduled Consultation

At Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic, we are committed to maintaining the health of your skin. With our assistance and preventative tips, you can protect yourself against skin cancer. Our doctors are experienced and knowledgeable in routine skin checks and biopsies and excisions. In addition, we are here to guide you through the process, including recommendations for therapies such as photodynamic therapy.

If you have a mole, lesion, or growth that you are concerned about, have it checked out by our professionals today. Call us today on (07) 3667 8970.

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We recommend a consultation at the clinic with one of our highly trained specialists for an individualised skin plan to give you the radiant skin that you have been longing for