I Have a Horrible Nose Scar After Mole Removal? (photo)

I went to a derm and he remove my mole but ended up with a huge scar that looks like a crater and made me very disappointed by the outcome. Is it possible to at least reduce the shadowing of the scar? or am i just screwed and need extensive therapy lol.

Doctor Answers (3)

Treatment Options for Scar after Mole Removal


Talk to your doctor about your concerns and see what can be done. Generally, it takes about 6-12 months to get the final cosmetic result after any procedure so it might improve with time. If the scar is indented, possible options include dermabrasion, soft-tissue fillers and lasers/light sources. Dermabrasion or scarabrasion can soften the edges of the "crater" in the same way that dermabrasion can be used for some acne scarring. Some might use a laser (e.g. CO2 or Erbium YAg or Fraxel-like) rather than mechanical scarabrasion. Soft-tissue fillers can lift the bottom of the depressed scar so there is less contrast to the surrounding skin. Soft-tissue fillers tend to be temporary so another treatment would likely be necessary in 9-12 months. Lasers or light sources can be used in a non-ablative (no damage to the skin surface) fashion to stimulate some collagen formation and decrease the depression to the scar. One or a combination of these options might work for you. Talk to your doctor, and of course, if you're not satisfied with the answer seek a second physician with a specialist who performs a lot of the procedures that I mentioned. Good luck.

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Mole removal


You may need a little more time for the scar to fully heal, approximately 6-12 months.  Laser resurfacing may be enough to improve the appearance of the scar.  

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 147 reviews

Nose scar after mole removal


This scar will get better with time. It doesn't look very bad. I would suggest laser resurfacing. A geometric line excision and closure would be another option.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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