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What is a punch biopsy?

A punch biopsy involves a circular cut of skin in order to send as a sample for analysis under a microscope and to help diagnose certain conditions.

Why do I need a punch biopsy?

Generally patients need a punch biopsy to confirm the presence or absence of a tumour in a particular area and to help with confirming diagnoses of rashes.

What does the procedure involve?

Following this procedure you will be left with a small straight line scar (usually around 4-8mm in length) that will heal over one to two weeks. The procedure will involve an injection of local anaesthetic that will numb the area and 1-2 stitches will be used to close the wound. Thereafter you will have a plaster to cover this. The procedure normally takes 5 to 10 minutes.

Is there any recovery time afterwards?

Typically, a wound will take approximately 2-3 weeks to heal over. Scarring may occur and initially be red and raised but will usually reduce in colour and size over several months.

When do I get my results?

We normally work on a quick turnaround of two to three days, your surgeon will usually arrange a follow up consultation with you within a week of your procedure to discuss your results. Sometimes due to extra tests being required this there may be a delay in your result but this will be discussed with you.