What is a shave and punch biopsy for benign skin lesions?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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An incisional biopsy on a benign skin lesion can be performed in several different ways, including shave biopsy and punch biopsy. A shave biopsy consists of simple tangential excision of the raised aspect of the lesion at the same level of the peripheral skin plane. Sutures are not necessary and reepithelialization should occur within a few days.


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