Moles are benign tumors on the skin resulting from a clustered growth of color producing skin cells called melanocytes. Moles can be of different shapes, sizes and are usually brown or black in color. People consider removing a mole majorly because of cosmetic reasons. And in case, a mole turns cancerous its removal becomes imminent. Either way, you’ll have to consult a board-certified dermatologist to identify the right course of action & removal procedure so that it leaves a minimal scar.
Mole removal without scar is a myth. Anything that has been surgically removed will result in a scar.
The magnitude of a scar depends on a lot of factors.
1. Skill of the dermatologist/plastic surgeon
Choose a board-certified doctor to conduct the evaluation and finalize the right mole removal procedure for you. You might further want to narrow down your search for face, neck, chest, back etc. based on the location of your mole. For example, a dermatologist who has done several facial mole removal surgeries would exactly know what type of removal technique will suit you. You will feel confident with a doctor with prior relevant experience and training.
2. Removal procedure
Shaving generally leaves a less detectable scar in comparison to surgical excision method where stitched go deep into the wound so that the mole doesn’t grow. This procedure will leave a noticeable scar.
3. Aftercare of wound
Based on how you care for the wound and how effectively you act on your doctor’s post care instructions will go a long way in deciding the magnitude of a scar on your skin. It is important that you follow dermatologist’s instructions religiously to get the better healing results. You cannot expect a dirty and infected wound to give you the best results. Right?
4. Size & location of a mole
The noticeability of a scar is also dependent on the size and location of the mole. Atypical Nevis tend to leave a recognizable scar than a common nevus. Some doctors point out that shoulders heal worse than face.
5. Age & health of a patient
Your age and health condition will go a long way in deciding how noticeable your scar. Generally, the older patients heal better in comparison to the younger ones. Moreover, your sickness may further aggravate the healing process and result in a much visible scar.
6. Follow your doctor’s instructions
Your doctor is the best person to give you all necessary instructions once the mole is removed. Just follow their instructions religiously and you’ll be on your way to a great recovery with minimum scarring. We have dedicated a complete article on how to minimize scarring after mole removal in 11 easy steps for our readers.
To summarize, if you were to ask if a mole can be removed without a scar. The straightforward answer is ‘NO’. However, the above-mentioned points collectively have a role to play in deciding the size, structure and noticeability of your scar.
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