Skincare is an essential part of caring for your overall health. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it’s always working to protect you from the effects of UV rays and outside invaders. At DermaNuva Skin Laser and Health in Olds, Alberta, we want you to protect your skin as much as it protects you, and skin biopsies are one of the most important ways of doing that. To learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation.
What is a Biopsy?
When you come to us for a careful check of your skin, it’s possible that we’ll find an area that just doesn’t look right. It may be darker than the surrounding area, present as a bump, or just look different in a way that is concerning. Any skin anomaly like this should be checked out by a qualified professional.
Skin biopsies remove skin cells. These are sent to a lab for diagnosis to rule out any serious skin conditions. A biopsy is not a difficult, time-consuming, or involved medical treatment.
The Benefits of Skin Biopsies
Get Early Warning of Skin Issues
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. The good news is that most skin cancers are small and can be easily treated when caught early. The bad news is that skin cancer can be malignant, meaning it can spread to nearby tissues, and, in some cases, even affect organs and the lymphatic system. By getting a biopsy, you can quickly find out what’s going on and treat small issues before they become large problems.
Get Rid of an Unattractive Spot
In many cases, skin biopsies don’t just provide us with a skin sample so we can check for cancer or other skin problems. A skin biopsy can often simultaneously remove a lesion so you’re not bothered by unattractive spots.
Get Peace of Mind
Whatever the results of your biopsy, one benefit is the peace of mind it brings when you find out what’s happening with your skin. If there’s nothing serious, you can go about life without the nagging worry about what that spot might be. If there is a concern, you can address it quickly and be done with it.
The Dangers of Avoiding Skin Biopsies
No one wants to receive bad news, so it’s not unusual to avoid getting our skin checked so we don’t have to deal with news we don’t want to hear. But the dangers of avoiding a biopsy can be serious.
You Don’t Notice Skin Infections
In some cases, spots and lesions have nothing to do with cancer or the normal signs of aging. They could be caused by bacteria or fungus, and it’s important to treat them so the infection doesn’t spread.
You Don’t Recognize Inflammatory Conditions
Sometimes, spots are an inflammatory response. They could be psoriasis, an auto-immune response, a drug reaction, or something else that should be addressed immediately for better overall health.
You Don’t Treat Skin Cancer in Time
As with any cancer, the key to fast, simple recovery from skin cancer is early detection and treatment. By avoiding a biopsy, you run the risk of missing cancer that could have been easily treated.
The health of your skin is too important to put off having a skin biopsy if you need it. Set up a time to visit us at DermaNuva Skin Laser and Health in Olds, Alberta, and let us provide you with the best health for your skin. Contact us today to book your appointment and learn more about skin biopsies. We look forward to hearing from you!