We all are afraid of scars whether it’s from a mole removal or any other reason especially when it is on the face. And who doesn’t want a skin free from any scars or at least have scars as minimum as possible even when one has to go through mole removal or any other surgical procedure. Whether you are preparing for a mole removal or had one removed recently, this comprehensive step by step guide will make sure it addresses all your concerns and questions with regard to scarring post mole removal.
For people who haven’t got their mole removed and are planning to, may also go through our detailed article on different mole removal procedures.
Please understand that the following steps that we are going to talk about will minimize scar after mole removal.
You cannot get away from a scar. Anything that has been surgically removed will result in a scar, whether smaller or bigger, hyper or hypopigmented – that’s a different story. In fact, we’ve covered an in-depth article on whether or not a mole can be removed without scarring for our readers.
Moreover, a number of certified doctors on this Realself thread concluded that it is almost impossible to get a mole removed without a scar.
1. Religiously follow the doctor’s instructions
After surgery, carefully go through instructions that your doctor shared. Make sure to have them listed down on a piece of paper. Since he/she’s the one who removed the mole, ensure that you follow all their guidelines for aftercare such as cleaning the mole, taking antibiotics, changing dressings, covering and moisturizing the affected area to ensure a quick healing.
Also, meet them at regular intervals and if something is not normal after mole removal, fix an appointment immediately.
2. Keep it clean
After the removal procedure is successfully completed, the onus lies on you to keep the wounded/operated area clean. As soon long you do this step properly, you’re on your way to a quick recovery. Keeping the wound clean will result in less risk of infections.
How – Wash the area with soap gently or dabbing with hydrogen-peroxide (H2O2). Some doctors don’t recommend H2O2, because of irritation caused and delay in the healing process.
If you are doing Step 2 properly, proceed to next step i.e. moisturizing the wound 3-5 times a day after properly cleaning the wound. Dry skin can make matters worse for you. Moisturizer will keep the skin hydrated.
How – Apply Aquaphor ointment or Vaseline on the mole area. This must follow for at least 12-15 days.
4. Scar Removal Creams
There are so many of them available in the market. Don’t just blindly purchase them. Use the ones recommended by your dermatologist.
5. Massaging the affected area
Massaging the area will improve the blood flow in the wounded area which is important for a speedy recovery and minimal scar formation.
How – Rub it for no less than 3 minutes regularly. Feel free to use petroleum jelly or any other moisturizer to avoid friction.
6. Cover the wound properly
It goes against the old norms of keeping the wound open but the fact is keeping the wound covered will help in a speedy recovery.
How – A combination petrolatum jelly and a bandage is all you need for a quick healing. This activity is done repeatedly 4-6 times a day for at least 7-14 days.
7. Reduce Exposure to the sun
We covered a topic in great detail as to how the sun badly affects our skin. And, with the healing process on going, it is better to avoid direct sunlight to prevent scars and mole removal procedure to succeed. According to American Institute of Dermatology, maximum exposure to the sun can even increase the chances of a benign mole turning into melanoma.
If your work allows you to travel, make sure you’re using a high factor sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays. MayoClinic recommends using a Sunscreen with SPF no less than 15.
8. Avoid Exercising
If you are into gymming & intense workouts, please avoid them for some time. We understand how much you care about your health and in fact, that’s a great thing to be health conscious, however, exercising will put unnecessary pressure on your body which might go completely against the mole removal recovery process. Additionally, sweating can leave the wounded area infected which is not a good sign for you. Right?
9. Eat & Live Healthy
Eat foods that are good for your skin. Treat your body with foods which are high in Vitamins primarily A,C,E coupled with fatty acids such as Omega-3 and balanced amount of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Remember that what you eat will go a long way not just in scar prevention but throughout your life. Drink as much water possible to keep yourself hydrated.
10. Use Silicone Scar Removal Sheets If Necessary
If required, feel free to purchase silicone scar treatment sheets. This is to be applied to the wounded area for no less than 12 hours, or the timing that’s written on the cover. The results of this sheet are not instant. It might take months for the changes to take effect.
11. Consult the doctor
Looks like we rewrote point one. And you know it why! 😊
Also, note that the magnitude of scar also depends on the skill of the surgeon, removal procedure chosen, shape, size, location & depth of the mole etc.
To summarize, if you wish to have a speedy and a successful recovery from your mole removal procedure just follow your doctor’s instructions to achieve a barely noticeable scar.
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