Punch biopsy is a commonly performed diagnostic procedure on abnormal skin growths or skin tumors. A thin biopsy tool is used to remove a small cylinder of tissue, the small hole created in the skin is then stitched up. The biopsy specimen is sent to a hospital lab in order to help your doctor decide the best treatment option. Your doctor’s office will notify you of the results in 1-2 weeks.
Complications are very rare, and they include local bleeding and bruising, pain, infection, allergic reaction to the numbing medicine used in the procedure, or damage to arteries or nerves under the skin.