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What is Punch Excision for Pores?

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Punch excision for pores

  • Pores are enlarged opening of oil glands on the skin.
  • A punch biopsy is intended to make the pore size smaller by cutting it out and suturing it closed.
  • Problem - the punch is larger than the pore and may leave a scar noticeably larger than the pore. 
  • Also - the oil gland lies deep in the skin - unless the punch goes right through the skin and removes the gland, either the pore will return or a cyst will form.
  • Enlarged pores can be difficult to treat - I would consider something less aggressive unless the risk is definitely worth it to you. Best wishes.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Punch Excision For Pores and Acne Scar Treatment

This means you cut out the pore with a round circular blade and then close the excision or implant a skin graft with the sam size. This is a very aggressive approach. There are other less invasive and risky approaches including just excision, or deep lasering and trichloroacetic acid deep peeling

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Acne scars can be treated easily with various methods.

Acne ice pick scars look like big pores and punch grafting skin from behind the ear into the hole is easy to do and works well. This fills in or closes the hole up nicely and is done under local. It is then dermabraded to cover up the scar. Sincerely, David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question. Punch excision is a surgical treatment used to cut out benign moles or may be used for cosmetic purposes such as acne scars. I would not recommend excision for large pores. I would recommend consulting with a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon for safest and best treatment option. I hope this helps.

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A punch is a small, circular, cookie cutter shaped scalpel.  It can be used to remove deep acne scars which would not otherwise respond to lasers, peels, or fillers.  The deep pitted scar gets replaced with a less noticable suture scar.  In some patients this is the best choice.

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The punch excision is done with a tiny 2 - 3  4 - 5  mm cookie cutter device which punches or cookie cuts out a deep pit, pore, scar, etc which is then either left to heal in or sutured with one tiny stitch.  This may help in certain patients.  Try one pit or pore and see the results.  If you like the improvement, do some more etc.  This is an ages old, but still useful,  technique.  It is rarely a miracle but it helps.  My Best,  Dr C

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