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I had a punch biopsy done to remove a mole. My doctor did not stitch it. Will i be left with a hole in my skin?

I had a punch biopsy done to remove a mole. My doctor did not stitch it. Will i be left with a hole in my skin?

Biopsy : A punch biopsy will heal with a small scar. It takes longer to heal without stitches in place. See your doctor if you are concerned for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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I had a punch biopsy to remove mole on labia majora my dr gave me antibiotic ointment that expired 3years ago. I didn't know until 4days after using it?

I had a punch biopsy to remove mole on labia majora my dr gave me antibiotic ointment that expired 3years ago. I didn't know until 4days after using it?

Expired : A product loses its effectiveness after the expiration date. One should contact the physician for a recommendation as to what product should be applied to a healing wound. For example, a topical antibacterial or vaseline to name a couple of possibilities. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a punch biopsy and shave biopsy for mole removal?

Depth: The main difference is depth. In punch biopsy you try to get as much depth as possible while in a shave you try to scrape the lesion without going too deep. ...Read more

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Other than having surgery or getting a punch biopsy, are there any other ways of lighten moles? Like any home remedies?

Other than having surgery or getting a punch biopsy, are there any other ways of lighten moles? Like any home remedies?

No: Forget the do it yourself. Can you take out your own appendix? See a dermatologist for diagnosis and possible therapy. "Moles" is not a medical diagnosis. Any treatment depends on exactly what is there. ...Read more

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I had a punch biopsy done on my calf, results were clean, but I didn't go back to have the suture removed. What can I use to remove suture myself?

I had a punch biopsy done on my calf, results were clean, but I didn't go back to have the suture removed. What can I use to remove suture myself?

Don't: It is not recommended that you remove the sutures yourself. It is very important that the sutures are removed appropriately and completely. If any part (as tiny as it may be) get stuck, it can cause an infection or an inflammatory response that may leave more of a scar there than necessary. If you are unable to go to the physician that treated you, you can go to an urgent care center to resolve it. ...Read more

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I've had a previous punch biopsy on the thumb of my right(dominant) hand. The labs back with no abnormal cells. I have another black striation on the same digit but different place on the nail. Is this normal? Do I need to have this biopsied as well? I am

I've had a previous punch biopsy on the thumb of my right(dominant) hand. The labs back with no abnormal cells. I have another black striation on the same digit but different place on the nail. Is this normal? Do I need to have this biopsied as well? I am

Splinter hemorrhage?: A splinter hemorrhage is an area of old blood under the nail from an injury to the nail or from an infection of the heart called endocarditis. You mention having had a punch biopsy previously, so it may have been related to that, but it would be wise to review this with your doctor so a possible infection is not missed. ...Read more

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I had a (benign) mole punch biopsied 4 months ago and now it's regrown through the scar. It looks horrible. What can my dermatologist do to help?

Full excision: Glad you got that mole diagnosed. You can almost certainly have it removed, perhaps with a skin ellipse or something even simpler. This happens often & I wish you a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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What should the scar look like after a punch biopsy?

What should the scar look like after a punch biopsy?

Depends: Some surgeons, as myself, will suture the opening after a punch biopsy, so it looks like a line. Others leave it open, and it looks like a hole. ...Read more

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Is there any chance of becoming septic with a punch biopsy, I had knee replacements done?

Is there any chance of becoming septic with a punch biopsy, I had knee replacements done?

Highly unlikely.: The possibility of sepsis is highly unlikely with a punch biopsy. It is a relatively shallow removal of about 4 mm of tissue at the most, and no vessels bigger than capillaries are likely to be involved. People get this and go home the same day, so if it was deeper, and things like sepsis were involved, hospital stay and more intensive monitiring would be done. At most, a return visit is done. ...Read more

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What does overlying reactive pigmented epidermal hyperplasia mean? I had a punch biopsy done a few days ago.

What does overlying reactive pigmented epidermal hyperplasia mean? I had a punch biopsy done a few days ago.

A benign change: It means the overlying skin is a little thicker and a little darker than elsewhere. This is common overlying a benign dermatofibroma or benign fibrous histiocytoma. ...Read more

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I had a punch biopsy done today and have had a bad headache since. Should i be worried?

Not related: A punch biopsy should not cause a headache. Stress from worrying it could cause a muscle tension headache. ...Read more

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Why did my doctor advise a punch biopsy?

Why did my doctor advise a punch biopsy?

Definitive diagnosis: If the dermatologist cannot diagnose your skin problem by looking at it, you need to have a tissue sample taken (biopsy) that will be examined by a pathologist to render a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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I have folliculitis and needle biopsies came back negative can I have an incisional or punch biopsy to isolate the microbe?

I have folliculitis and needle biopsies came back negative can I have an incisional or punch biopsy to isolate the microbe?

Sometimes: Folliculitis is usually staph aureus. If you have recurrent painful boils and drainage, that is culture negative, your problem may be hidradenitis and not folliculitis. ...Read more

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Have had 3 vulvar biopsies, 1st time was punch biopsy the others were not (special tool to carve out biopsy freehand + stitches) what's thedifference?

Have had 3 vulvar biopsies, 1st time was punch biopsy the others were not (special tool to carve out biopsy freehand + stitches) what's thedifference?

Size and location...: A punch for doing punch biopsies has a round cutting surface. They come in different sizes from 1mm to 6mm and up. It's a quick way to take a vulvar biopsy. But your doc can also use a scalpel or a pair of scissors to take a biopsy. It really depends on where the problem is and what is best for the circumstances. A scalpel and stitches is usually used for larger biopsies. Best wishes! ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


Punch Biopsy (Definition)

A punch biopsy is a skin biopsy performed with a small circular blade (the punch). This is performed on a suspicious skin lesion to ...Read more