How to Minimize Scar After Mole Removal?
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If the mole is raised, it may be just fine to have it shaved. If the pigment is deep, a complete surgical excision may be necessary. Either way, it is very important to minimize sun exposure on the area as it heals.
Minimize scarring after mole removal
Recommended method of mole removal
If the mole is small I suggest a superficial shave excision initially as this will likely give you the best result. Occasionally the result may not be optimal eg return of pigment or a small depressed or raised scar, this can then be treated by excision. You will always be left with a mark, the only advantage is that the result will in all likelihood look better than the original mole.
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Minimizing scars after mole removal
I almost always start with a shave removal when it comes to mole removal as it it least likely to leave a noticeable scar. You can also have it later excised with stitches if the shave scar is undesirable. Lasers can also be used to improve scarring and may be a great option. The key though is to minimize the scar in the first place so good wound care after the removal is critical.
Scar after mole removal
After removing a facial mole, it is important to close the incision using a deep layer of stitches that dissolve over time and a superficial layer to bring the skin edges together just right. The superficial stitches should be removed in 5 - 6 days. Leaving them any longer can result in Frankenstein "rail road tracks". After removal of the superficial stitches, the deep layer helps to maintain some strength of the wound so it does not break open.
I always have my patients wear tape on their scars for 3 - 12 months after surgery. The tape protects the scar from the sun (VERY IMPORTANT) and also provides a little pressure on the scar so the scar will flatten and fade ASAP.
No matter how careful the surgery and post op care is, some patients just scar a lot. It is much more about their biology than the surgeon's skill.
I always tell my patients that they will be trading their mole for a small but permanent scar. It's a trade off.
Mole removal is an individualized procedure and based on the following factors:
- Anatomic location
- Suspicion of precancerous or cancerous based on history and individual characterisitcs of the mole
- Individual threshold for a scar
Find someone who specializes in removing moles from the face and they will be able to guide you on the best way of having a mole removed.
Minimizing surgical scars with mole removal
This area, I feel, does best with a double layered closure after an excision. It is generally not as amenable to the shave biopsy technique as it might be in other places. It also ensures that the whole nevus (mole) has been extirpated.
After biopsy care should include a second skin type of dressing, the choice being up to the surgeon. I like scarguard MD to diminish the scar.
Do wear a sunscreen and oral zinc and Vitamin C may help healing.
Best way to remove a mole on the cheek.
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