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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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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Will a punch biopsy improve the scar left on a cheek by an elect.bist.(4mm) or make it worse? 1 stitch required but I'm afraid of invasive treatment.

Will a punch biopsy improve the scar left on a cheek by an elect.bist.(4mm) or make it worse? 1 stitch required but I'm afraid of invasive treatment.

Why worry: In the hands of experienced expert professional the scar will be minimal ( some times may not even see with naked eye ) See a plastic surgeon , or cosmetic dermatologist ...Read more

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Will i need stitches after a skin biopsy? The doctor said he was going to do a punch biopsy and it would make a little hole in my skin. Will i need stitches? Will it leave a scar?

Will i need stitches after a skin biopsy? The doctor said he was going to do a punch biopsy and it would make a little hole in my skin. Will i need stitches? Will it leave a scar?

Probably : If a skin punch biopsy is 3 mm to 6 mm in diameter, it will be closed with sutures. If a 2 mm biopsy is taken, it can be left to heal in without sutures. The marks from a biopsy usually fade significantly over a few months. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...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