Having a biopsy? What to expect

A biopsy involves taking a small sample of the skin (usually 2 or 3mm) to determine the nature of a specific spot or lesion on the skin or to diagnose a rash.

This is a very simple, quick and straight forward procedure undertaken in the consulting room. A small instrument is used to take a core specimen (usually 2 or 3 mm in size) of the lesion after a tiny amount of local anaesthetic is injected into the skin. A single suture is usually required to improve healing.

Once completed, the biopsy specimen is sent to a pathologist for examination and diagnosis. The result of the biopsy is sent electronically to your dermatologist and will determine whether you need further treatment of your lesion or to help diagnose a rash.

To Make An Appointment

Phone: (03) 9748 4411

Email: admin@westderm.net.au

Fax: (03) 9749 3398

To Make An Appointment


(03) 9748 4411




(03) 9749 3398

Important Information About Your Appointment


A valid referral is required from you GP or other specialist to be able to claim Medicare benefits from your consultation.

A referral is not required to consult with our cosmetic dermal therapist.


A form registering your details, medications and previous medical problems will need to be completed on the day of your appointment prior to your consultation. Please remember to bring a list of current medications with you on the day.


Settling of your fee is required on the day of consultation.

We accept VISA and MasterCard, EFTPOS and cash payments

Significant cosmetic treatments require payment at the time the procedure appointment is made

Failure to keep appointments

Missed appointments will incur a cancellation fee.

Make up / Clothing

Please remember to remove make up for facial concerns (and remember to bring some makeup to reapply after the consultation)

For consultations where a skin check is required, wearing looser clothing may be helpful or alternatively there are patient gowns available for your use

New Appointments

These appointments can only be made for the Werribee and Richmond locations.

In Ballarat only review appointments are offered.

Cosmetic Treatments

Most cosmetic treatments are only offered at our Werribee location.