What To Expect After Mole Removal
There are lots of reasons you might seek mole removal. It could be linked to cancer or purely a precautionary measure, or it could be carried out for cosmetic reasons (for instance, a mole on the face). Whatever the case, our expert dermatologists will talk you through every element of your treatment here at our skin clinic, serving those in the Elstree area.
How do I care for my skin following mole removal treatment?
One of the most important things clients ask us is how to look after their skin in the days following mole removal treatment. The good news is that mole removal is generally considered to be a minor surgical procedure and in most cases, is simple to perform. Our dermatologists will share detailed aftercare advice with you, including when and how to change any dressings.
What about mole removal scarring?
Scarring can and does occur in mole excision cases, but again, there are factors at play, such as the size of the mole(s) and the ease of removal. However, any type of scar will fade over time. As a general rule, our dermatologists advise to try to keep the site clean and moist, which can help prevent scars from forming. Also, don’t use an antibiotic ointment unless you have been directed to do so. Finally, if you have persistent scarring, there are some procedures available, such as laser treatment, that can help.
How long will mole removal healing take?
The time it takes to heal varies between people and also depends on the size of the incision that was made to remove the mole. Usually, it takes around 3 weeks. If you notice anything abnormal, have any pain, redness or pus, or have a high temperature, get in touch with our dermatologists as soon as possible, as this could indicate infection.
Is there anything else I should know about mole removal?
Don’t pick at a scar or scab, which could lead to infection, and ensure you keep the area covered from the sun, which can affect wound healing.
What are my next steps?
If you’re yet to book mole excision treatment, then secure a consultation with our dermatologists here at our skin clinic, helping those in the Elstree area. If you’ve already had your mole excision procedure and are concerned, again, get in touch with our team. Finally, if you have scarring from a past procedure, let us know, and we’ll advise you on appropriate treatments. Visit our contact page for full details.