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Doctor insights on: Will A Punch Biopsy With Sutures Leave Any Scarring

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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 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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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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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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What is the definition or description of: punch biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: punch biopsy?

Skin Biopsy: A punch biopsy is a skin biopsy performed with a small circular blade (the punch). This is performed on a suspicious skin lesion to allow for pathologic diagnosis. ...Read more

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

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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I had some tests 2 weeks ago.. Punch biopsy along with a scrape it feels like im having severe contractions? Any advice please!!

I had some tests 2 weeks ago.. Punch biopsy along with a scrape it feels like im having severe contractions? Any advice please!!

Don't: Worry too much. It doesn't cause pain even during the procedure. Pain is mainly due to cx dilatation for which you are given anesthesi. ...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

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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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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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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. Its 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 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

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I had a punch biopsy about 2 months ago, and the edge of the area grew back. Is that normal?

I had a punch biopsy about 2 months ago, and the edge of the area grew back. Is that normal?

Sample only: Punch biopsies are not usually intended to completely excise a suspicious lesion, but only obtain a sample for pathologic evaluation. This is not unusual and if you don't have a follow-up scheduled with the physician who performed it then make one. ...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.

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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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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What is a "connective tissue disease"? Had punch biopsy on rash, suggestive of early connective tissue disease. What is "connective tissue?"

What is a "connective tissue disease"? Had punch biopsy on rash, suggestive of early connective tissue disease. What is "connective tissue?"

Connective tissue: This is a constellation of disease affecting the supporting tissue throughout the body. It involves fat, cartilage,bone.there are different types with names such as Eleros Danlos , Marfans syndrome, Osteogensis imperfecta, they are all a result of gene dysfunction.ie are inheritable disorders. Most are fairly uncommon. The treatment varies depending on the specific areas involved ...Read more

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Punch biopsy hole has thick grayish white stringy stuff attatched inside. No pain, redness or swelling around it. Is this an ok healing process?

Punch biopsy hole has thick grayish white stringy stuff attatched inside. No pain, redness or swelling around it. Is this an ok healing process?

Likely: What you described sounds like an exudate with pus, however, since there is no redness or swelling, it is likely a response to the trauma of the biopsy and should heal on its own. ...Read more

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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

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Had punch biopsy done on rash in '09. Results: "early lesion of connective tissue disorder." what f/up is suggested?

Had punch biopsy done on rash in '09. Results: "early lesion of connective tissue disorder." what f/up is suggested?

Rheumatologist: Talk to a rheumatologist to confirm your diagnosis. Blood tests might be needed. A minimum of a yearly follow up is needed provided no other symptoms are present. ...Read more

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Can loop excision show cervical cancer after punch biopsy showed high grade cin?

CIN: Yes, it depends on what's going on at the exact sight of the biopsy. Either biopsy could have found invasion/cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sutures (Definition)

For surgeons, the term suture is used as verb or a noun. A surgeon will suture (stitch-up) an incision with sutures (stiches). For anatomist, a suture is a rigid joint between hard parts. For example, the top of the adult skull has wavy lines running down the middle, and on the sides. These are cranial sutures, and represent where the separate ...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