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will smoking affect recovery scar mole removal

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Smoking causes poor wound healing after any invasive procedure such as surgery, laser resurfacing, liposuction, etc..., including scar revision and mo ... Read More
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
41 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes!: Don't do it!
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Dr. Richard Orr
43 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Every time you smoke - you constrict the small blood vessels to the skin. Wound complications and poor cosmetic results are much more common in smoke ... Read More

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Varies by size: Small mole will heal within a few weeks . Larger areas may require some restriction of activity to minimize scarring. Discuss with your physician.
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Usually minimal: Thus depends on the extent if surgery, the location ( finger versus face) and the techniques used for repair.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Diabetes: Diabetics may heal slower. Tension on the wound and excessive movement may result in a worse scar. Discuss after care with the doctor who performed th ... Read More
Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi
15 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Diabetes, tobacco: Any health conditions that prevent proper wound healing. This includes diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or any conditions that narrow the small v ... Read More
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
27 years experience Dermatology
Immunosuppression: In addition to diabetics, patients who are immunocompromised (ie: hiv, organ transplants, chemotherapy for cancer, etc.) also have slower healing and ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
Moles frequently: recur unless they were cut out down to fatty layer and stitched. I frequently laser moles after shaving off to destroy deep pigment. But when you cut ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
36 years experience Plastic Surgery
Usually not: The scar depends on the technique used to remove the mole. If the mole is cut out and the resulting wound stitched closed, a linear scar usually resul ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Demercurio
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
Many options : There are many scar treatments available now. The best is some form of silicone-either topical cream or solid sheet. The last paper i read that comp ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Campanelli
28 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Itching is normal : During the healing process, the body releases special proteins that guide the repair and remodeling. One of the side-effects is itching. This will s ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
Follow-up: See your plastic surgeon or dermatologist and discuss this with them.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Thickening: As long as thee is no redness or thickening of the scar, healing should progress well.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Reiter
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Plastic Surgeon: They all can produce a scar. You want to remove the mole in its entirety to make sure the entire lesion is benign. Get a plastic surgeon to do it if ... Read More

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