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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?

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Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dr. Monib Zirvi
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Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Punch

Yes , a punch biopsy is closed with sutures.
A small scar results.

In brief: Punch

Yes , a punch biopsy is closed with sutures.
A small scar results.
Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Dr. John Walker
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Scar maybe stitches

Punch biopsies are seldom closed by stitches, but can be.
All cuts on skin leave scars. These scars become less noticeable with time.

In brief: Scar maybe stitches

Punch biopsies are seldom closed by stitches, but can be.
All cuts on skin leave scars. These scars become less noticeable with time.
Dr. John Walker
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: You

You will typically not need stitches or have scar after a punch biopsy.
The biopsy will be done using a small needle where a device to obtain the specimen will be inserted. It is a minimally invasive procedure and you will leave the hospital with a bandaid with minimal pain.

In brief: You

You will typically not need stitches or have scar after a punch biopsy.
The biopsy will be done using a small needle where a device to obtain the specimen will be inserted. It is a minimally invasive procedure and you will leave the hospital with a bandaid with minimal pain.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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