Shave excision and shave biopsy

Shave biopsy or excision is a procedure where the skin is shaved with a blade parallel to its surface. Only the top layer of skin is removed, which leaves a raw, "grazed" area. This normally heals well with minimal scarring and no stitches. Shave excision can be especially useful for raised lesions like dermal moles, seborrhoeic keratoses and skin tags.



Excision is a surgical procedure with potential complications like any other surgery. It is very important to understand the risks before you proceed with the excision.

Biopsy is a test to get more information about suspicious or unusual-looking skin lesions. The results of a biopsy enable your doctor to decide if further treatment is required, and what the best type of treatment will be.


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