I had a mole shaved on my face about a week ago. I have since been using hydrogen peroxide + neosporin + band aid on it but it hasn't yet formed a scab. I was wondering if I was delaying healing by using hydrogen peroxide + neosporin and if it was recommended to not use these anymore? Also, are there any recommendations for scar preventions (Vit K/Vit.A/Scar creams or gels)? Thank you.
Recommended Post-op Care After Mole Removal?
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Wound Care After Mole Removal
Except for the hydrogen peroxide, you are doing the right things. Peroxide is toxic to new cells, so current knowledge lets us know it is best to avoid.
It does not sound like an issue in your case, but Neosporin is causing allergic rashes in up to 30% of people now. It has been around so long and used so much, it may have outlived its usefulness.
Keeping wounds covered is part of the "new" way of caring for skin. It does not "need air to heal" as the old myth goes. It gets its oxygen from the blood supply, not the air.
Finally what to put on to reduce or prevent scarring? Studies show Aquaphor ointment or Vaseline works best!
I know advertisers promote all kinds of other "scar creams," but, unless there is a raised or abnormal healing response, nothing fancy is needed or even likely to help.
Mole removal postcare
I do not recommend using hydrogen peroxide on the area. At this point, use vaseline or aquaphor on the area just for a few days. Also, make sure to minimize sun exposure to the area as it heals.
Mole removal aftercare
Stop the hydrogen peroxide and neosporin. Use vaseline or aquaphor instead. Vit E oil is also OK. You can stop wearing a band aid at this point as well.
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Post-Operative Care of Shave Excisions
Below is a copy of the handout I give to all of my patients after a shave excision. Keeping the area protected will usually prevent a scab from forming which is advantageous.
• Removed the Band-Aid, if present, tomorrow morning and gently wash the area with soap and water twice a day.
• After washing, pat dry and apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment™, Vaseline™, or petroleum jelly. These may be purchased over-the-counter at any drugstore.
• After today, a Band-Aid is optional. The ointment will act as a protective covering.
• Continue to apply the ointment until the area has healed - usually one to two weeks.
• Shaving or using makeup can be resumed after the scab has come off.
• For the first few days the area can become quite red and inflamed which is normal.
Wound care after mole removal
Hydrogen peroxide will delay wound healing
Just think about getting a cut and leaving it under water all the time.
Wait until you have some wound heeling. The Scar gels and creams come more into play for scar formation, not wound healing. They do help, but aren't necessarily worth a great financial investment if things are progressing normally.
Post operative care after a mole removal
Studies show there is no benefit from using antibiotic ointment compared to plain, clean Vaseline (petrolatum). Many people are allergic to antibiotic ointments, so it is better to avoid them.
We have patients wash the wounds twice a day with soap and water, then cover them with sterile Vaseline and either a Band-Aid or bandage. This works very well.
We do not recommend scar reducing creams. They are expensive and studies show they do not work. Save your money!