I had a punch biopsy of the skin right between my shoulder blades to remove a suspicious mole. I had no idea how long it had been growing there because it was located in an area which I could not easily see.
My original appointment with the dermatologist was for something other than the mole, but during my exam that's when she noticed the darkened mole.
A couple of weeks later I underwent the skin punch biopsy procedure as recommended. This was not a painful procedure at all and relatively short too.
A local anesthesia was used, I was completely conscience, and I was in and out of there in about an hour and a half. Oh, and the results came back negative and I have no more unsightly moles on my back.