Treatment: 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 you might need?

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.

Treatment Info

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.

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 there may be a delay in your result but this will be discussed with you.

Treatment Recovery

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.

Treatment Programme
Punch Biopsy


Health Insurance

This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.


Self-Pay Available

This treatment is available for self-paying users. If you would like to see more information on pricing visit our pricing and payments page.


Consultation Required

For this treatment you will need to have a 1-to-1 consultation at OneWelbeck first. To book in with our team of expert clinicians or to find out more about the process contact the relevant centre team.


Self Referral

No doctor referral needed in order to book this service, although health insurers may require a referral in order for your treatment to be covered.


Next Day Availability

We usually have next day availability for this service, please call us to check availability.