I had a mole removed by a dermatologist for cosmetic reasons via shaving. Bottom left picture shows the area immediately after removal; I was instructed to prevent scabbing of the area by all measures. After about 3 weeks since my mole's been removed it seems the wound hasn't made much progress (right photo). I'm tired of it looking like there's a cigarette burn on my face, yet feel like it's still a gaping wound and unsafe for makeup! When will it be safe to wear concealer and makeup over the area?thx!
When is It Safe to Wear Makeup After a Facial Mole Removal? (photo)
Doctor Answers (4)
From the photo, it appears that the wound is still in need of healing. I would highly recommend that you keep the area clean and moist with vaseline, allowing it to granulate.
Shave Removal for a Mole
In my experience, shaving moles either leads to a return of the mole, or the experience that you have had. It appears that the "shave" performed removed a portion of the dermis and the wound will need to granulate in. I would recommend use of vaseline three times per day until the wound has re-epithelialized.
Makeup after Mole Removal
With a shave removal you need to avoid makeup until its healed. The open wound will heal more quickly in a moist environment, we recommend antibiotic ointment or Vaseline applied lightly twice a day. Once its healed switch to a scar cream rubbed in twice a day. With an excision, you need to avoid makeup until the sutures are removed in 5-6 days. Then you start the scar cream too. Hope this helps. Good Luck!
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Shave excision or mole removal
It's difficult to tell from your photo, however, it looks like that quite a deep shave was done if it is still not healed in 3 weeks. Usually a "shave excision" should heal within a week to 10 days at the most. It is actually normal for a small scab to form after a shave which then falls off and it should heal much like a graze.
If shave excision is done correctly, it should not leave a scar (as the whole purpose of a shave excision is to avoid a scar which occurs with a formal excision). Ideally, it forms a scab, which then falls off and a small pink patch remains which fades over time.
I usually let my patients wear makeup at 7 days (and the same if I do a formal excision as I remove the stitches at 7 days on the face).
It appears from your photos and history you have quite a deep shave and looks like a scab has formed in the bottom left hand corner photo. A scab is an inevitable response to a deep shave, it is not really something you can avoid. Whilst light powder or concealer is not dangerous over a scab, I would not pick at it or rub too much. Just let it fall off in its own time, and then commence massaging of the scar with moisturiser.