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The process of scar formation after a biopsy

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 

A scar is formed after wound healing. It is the identification of the wound which has been healed. A biopsy is a test that is carried out by the doctors to examine the cells or tissue of a particular part of the body. The doctors take a specimen of the tissue of a person which they think is damaged due to some disease. Then, they carefully examine that specimen using different techniques and tests to confirm if the disease is actually present or not. These tests involve either microscopic examinations or laboratory tests by pathologists using different types of chemicals.

There are different types of biopsy. One is excisional biopsy in which a whole part is removed in form of a bulge. Incisional biopsy is one when only a small portion of the tissue is taken out for the examination. There is a breast biopsy that is done using entirely different techniques. A skin biopsy is the one in which a scar is formed after the biopsy. The biopsy is carried out by giving anesthesia to the patient.

Shave biopsy is carried out using a razor blade, safety razor or scalpel blade. Some surgeons are very well trained in administering biopsies using blades while others find it difficult to handle the equipment. A punch biopsy is done with a knife. Different sizes of knives can be used. A small diameter knife causes less bleeding. The wound or cut is left open in this case and it heals like this. Regarding scar formation after punch biopsy is less expected or less visible with a small knife. Bigger knives of diameters 1.5mm and more need stitches for closing the wound. The scar formation is also more likely to happen and will be visible. In addition, there is an incisional biopsy which is similar to punch biopsy but is carried out by a scalpel. An incisional biopsy involves a cut that is deeper and goes down to the subcutaneous fat. More stitches are made and a more visible scar is formed.

Wounds that are seen after biopsy are similar to small acute surgical wounds and the healing process of such biopsy wounds is also the same to the healing process of the acute surgical wounds. As all types of wound healing processes involve scar formation, scar formation after biopsy is the same. Collagen is found in excess at the site of the wound and helps in re uniting the skin which has been cut due to biopsy. The connective tissue is visible and a scar is formed. Scar formation after biopsy can also be minimized by the use of
Wound-Be-GoneĀ® gel. Whether a wound is acute, acute surgical, chronic or biopsy wound, the gel provides a moist environment for its healing, reduces pain and minimizes scarring.

There are certain types of biopsies which do not require stitching or do not cause a well formed wound. Usually either no scarring or lessened scar formation after the biopsy occurs. The disadvantage of such biopsy lies in being their inefficiency in determining the presence of a certain disease such as cancer. If the wound is left open after a biopsy,
Wound-Be-GoneĀ® is helpful for its healing and reducing the risk of scar formation.

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