Will anyone notice I had it done?
A punch biopsy of the scalp is performed if their is any uncertainty about the diagnosis of a patient’s hair loss. It involves removal of a 4 mm cylindrical core of tissue and placement of a stitch (suture). A punch biopsy should be taken from an area showing the main features of the disease in question. Provided the biopsy is taken from an area that contains a reasonable amount of hair, the stitch and healing site should be relatively unnoticeable. A dissolving suture or non dissolving suture can be placed although I tend to prefer dissolving sutures.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887