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

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

Dr. Austina Cho
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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 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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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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Skin mole removal question? Am expat, limited resources, biopsy basal cell, can I wait 2 mo till in us>

Skin mole removal question? Am expat, limited resources, biopsy basal cell, can I wait 2 mo till in us>

Maybe: Basal cell cancers tend to grow fairly slowly so a delay in treatment for a couple of months may be ok in some cases. But it really depends where it is, what type it is and how advanced it is. You should get some advice from a dermatologist regarding your options. ...Read more

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Shave biopsy for mole done, came back totally benign. Still have reddish pink circle after scab fell off. When will this fade?

Shave biopsy for mole done, came back totally benign. Still have reddish pink circle after scab fell off. When will this fade?

Few months - normal: Normal for recent surgical site/scar to look pinkish red. The normal healing process takes a few months. You can help the healing by protecting the fresh scar from sun exposure. Some scar care creams also help. ...Read more

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Shave biopsy for regular shaped 3mm brown mole 1 day later has purple/blackish/maroon spot in the center of it biopsy site. Freaking out. Please help.

Biopsy changes OK: You are probably just experiencing the results of healing after your biopsy. You may be seeing the remains of the blood supply that went to the lesion. Give it a few weeks to heal. Make sure you follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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If a mole is removed by shave biopsy & comes back years later and is re-biopsied, is it normal the original biopsy shows normal but the 2nd displastic?

Yes: it is common for a mole to change Sometimes just the irritation from the shave can make it come back dysplastic but there are many environment factors like sun exposure which can change it. ...Read more

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Blackish spot left at shave biopsy site after a medium brown mole was removed. Dr didn't think it was anything. Cause?

PIH after trauma: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation can happen on the skin after trauma. It generally goes away on its own or bleaching agents can be used. Make sure not to get sun on it while it is healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Mole Removal (Definition)

Mole removal involves excision of a nevus. This could involve either shaving off a raised skin lesion or cutting out a flat skin lesion. This can be done either for cosmetic reasons (unsightly mole) or to rule out skin cancer. I hope this information is helpful. Stephen weber, M.D., f.A.C.S. Lone ...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