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Punch Excision

Board-certified punch excision at Brentwood Dermatology

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Punch Excision

Board-certified punch excision at Brentwood Dermatology


What is Punch Excision?

Punch excision is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a special tool to “punch” out a troublesome skin condition. The special tool used during a punch excision is called a punch tool. It is a sharp, cookie-cutter-like device that excises (cuts out) the targeted area under local anaesthetic injection. 

Additionally, punch excision is sometimes referred to as a punch biopsy when used to take a skin biopsy or treat and address various forms of skin cancer.


Punch Excision FAQs

Do you want to learn more about punch excision? Get a better understanding of this common treatment, such as how it is performed, whether or not it leaves a scar, and how our board-certified dermatologists use punch excisions to treat various skin conditions in Brentwood, Tennessee.

The punch tool literally punches out the skin to create a space that allows your doctor to remove the targeted area or spot. After removing the problematic area, the remaining hole is closed with very fine suturing (stitching together) and left to heal. After about one week or so, your doctor will then remove the sutures. 

The primary goal of punch excision is to remove a problematic skin condition, such as a deep acne scar, and essentially replace it with a very small superficial scar, which is easier to address with cosmetic treatments like chemical peels and microneedling.

Some discomfort may be experienced during punch excision. However, your doctor will use a local anesthetic to minimize any pain or discomfort.

Punch excision leaves a small superficial scar, typically smaller than the initial problem spot. The scar left behind by punch excision is often easier to treat with regular cosmetic treatments, such as microneedling or effective topicals.

Punch excisions at Brentwood Dermatology are performed by one of our experienced board-certified dermatologists.

At Brentwood Dermatology, we utilize punch excision to primarily treat acne scars, atypical moles, cysts, some skin cancers, and other forms of facial scarring.

Punch excision can be an effective form of treatment for acne scars, mainly the rolling, boxcar, and ice pick subtypes. 

However, depending on your unique case, your dermatologist may recommend a unique treatment plan that utilizes a combination of treatment methods to optimally address and diminish acne scars. These treatment methods may include punch excision, chemical peels, microneedling, topicals, dermal fillers, and more.


Punch Excision Photos

Board-certified Dermatologist Performing A Mole Checkup
Benign Skin Lesion Or Mole On A Patient
Board-certified Dermatologist Providing Facial Treatment For A Patient

Schedule Punch Excision Treatment in Brentwood, TN

Do you have a skin condition that can be treated with a punch excision, such as acne scars or a suspicious mole? The board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology are experts in performing this procedure to help their patients achieve happy, healthy skin.  

Schedule a punch excision in Brentwood, Tennessee, by requesting an appointment online or by calling (615) 377-3448.

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