What To Expect After Mole Removal
Posted by Cedars Dermatology, 10th January 2021
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?
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 scarring?
Scarring can and does occur in mole removal 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 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?
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 removal 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 removal procedure and are concerned, again, get in touch with our team. And 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.