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During a skin biopsy, a sample size of skin tissue is removed for testing. This is a minimally invasive procedure that typically lasts no longer than 15 minutes. Your doctor may request a skin biopsy for suspicious areas of skin that are abnormal in size, color and shape or an area isn’t healing right after an injury.
Skin biopsies are commonly done to diagnose skin cancers but are also used for small fiber sensory neuropathy―a neuromuscular disease. After the procedure, your doctor will provide care instructions for the biopsied area. Your doctor will receives results within 1-2 weeks.