Will a mole removal procedure leave a scar?

This procedure usually leaves a small scar, but it is hardly noticeable.

Moles can be removed by two surgical methods, excision and shave removal using a scalpel blade. Non-cancerous moles and those that haven’t grown to the deeper layers of skin can be frozen off with liquid nitrogen. This type of mole removal may leave a small blister on the skin. Laser treatment can be used to remove the non-cancerous, smaller moles that don’t protrude above the surface of the skin.

The resulting scar depends on factors as:

  • the patient’s age - young patients tend to heal faster than older ones
  • the type of surgical procedure
  • the size of the incision - a larger incision will take longer to close up than a smaller one
  • the location of the mole

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital we are able to help individuals recover quickly from mole removal treatment and ensure patients make a swift recovery. In general, expect a mole removal scar to take at least 2-3 weeks to heal.

Minimizing scarring

There are various methods, and preventive measures to avoid a noticeable scar, or to reduce the size of the scar, and it should be started once the wound is healed. The care for the wound is important to prevent infection and give you the best chance for minimal scarring.

Methods to use for minimal scarring:

  • Avoid the sun - it might affect the healing wound. When you go out, be sure your scar is covered with a stronger sunscreen or with sun-protective clothing.
  • Don’t stretch the scar - take it easy with the skin around the scar, a lot of movement and stretching of the skin could lead to a longer healing time and a bigger scar.
  • Keep the incision site clean and moist - dry wounds and scars will heal longer, and they’re less likely disappear.
  • Massage the scar - once your sutures are gone and the scab has disappeared, you can massage the scar. The massage will invigorate the skin and ensure a healthy supply of collagen.
  • Try laser and light therapies - laser and pulse-dye treatments are used to make larger scars appear smaller and less noticeable.
  • Cryosurgery - this procedure can minimize the size of the scar by freezing and destroying scar tissue.

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