I'm having a round black birthmark(a little larger than a pencil eraser) removed from my cheek in a couple of days by a plastic surgeon. He said that it should just leave thin line scar less noticeable than the mole but I'm still really nervous about the cosmetic results. What can I expect after it heals?
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Pigmented Birthmark (Mole) excision from face
Pigmented birthmarks, moles, are directly removed surgically. Because it is relatively small it can be closed directly after removal leaving a fine line scar in most cases. See a board certified plastic surgeons for best result and make sure what is removed is sent in for testing. Occasionally a hypertrophic scar or keloid can form but this is unusual in this location.
Scars are difficult to predict
First, there are no guarantees when it comes to scars. After the surgery, the scar will be firm and ropy for a few days to a few weeks. This is normal and will settle down if repaired well. There will likely be some redness that will fade with time. Anywhere from days to months, but it will fade.
Relax, you should have nice result if you follow your plastic surgeon's advice
A simple plastic excision is the best way to remove a pencil sized birthmark or nevus. Usually you will have a very fine line if any. It takes some time for the line to fade, but ofter it will fade away until you can hardly see it.
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Dermabrading the scar from mole removals help a lot in improving the cosmetic results.
Any time you have a mole excised, it is a good idea to dermabrade the edges of the excision at the time of removal and again 6 wks later to the resulting scar to give the best cosmetic result. Hybrisil is a good topical solution to apply to the scar as it helps fade it quicker. Sincerely,
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