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Shave Biopsy

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For a shave biopsy procedure, the doctor first injects a medicine to numb the area. Then the top layers of the skin are shaved off with a small surgical blade.

Bleeding from the biopsy site is then stopped by applying an ointment, a chemical that stops bleeding, or a small electrical current to cauterize the wound.

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Last Revised: April 16, 2021