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Mole Removal Scab
Mole removal involves excision of a nevus. This could involve either shaving off a raised skin lesion or cutting out a flat skin lesion. This can be done either for cosmetic reasons (unsightly mole) or to rule out skin cancer. I hope this information is helpful. Stephen weber, M.D., f.A.C.S. Lone ...Read more
Shave or excision?: Moles are either shaved so that no sutures are used, or excised in order to prevent recurrence but will require sutures. In both cases you want to avoid scabs by keeping the wound moist with ointment so it does not scab and dry out. Both techniques can give an excellent cosmetic result but depend upon where the mole is. ...Read more
What are some reasons why a mole removal wound doesn't heal well, even after several months? Not infected, just still reddish with scab.
Hi there! I had laser mole removal just under my eyebrow last Friday and the scab has come off today. I was wondering how long will it take to heal?
Healing: Acute healing three weeks, subacute healing three months, complete healing two years. Use sunglasses when outside to present hyper pigmentation. Can apply sunscreen to area after 2-3 weeks. ...Read more
Will I have a scab or stitches, or both, from my mole removal? I have a raised mole on the bridge of my nose, just below my eyebrow. What methods of mole removal would leave that area to scab over, and what method would use stitches to close up the skin?
No: Most moles can be removed without leaving a noticeable scar. It is important to understand tension lines in the face and plan the removal properly. A facial plastic surgeon is an expert in this area. The american academy of facial plastic surgery www. Aafprs. Org is a good resource to find a surgeon in your area. ...Read more
Get it checked: Anytime there is a change in the character of a mole in terms of size, color or pain it should be evaluated by a dermatologist or family doctor. Red color indicates blood from increased growth or trauma. There are some growths that are primarily vascular and can be treated with laser instead of excision. ...Read more
Not usually: Do not know the size, time of treatment, or location of the removal. If the site is itching, stinging and very firm (ridgy or raised) it may be a reaction to sutures or hypertrophic scar. You should return to surgeon that removed the mole and have a complete examination of the site. They will help you with the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Only surgery: All pigmented lesions (nevi, moles) should be checked by a dermatologist & removed only if suspicious or worrisome by surgical excision or biopsy. This way the lesions can be checked under a microscope to ensure that it is not cancer. This is especially important if there is a personal or family history of melanoma, or the mole has been changing. See a dermatologist for a skin check & advice. ...Read more
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 results, hopefully along the "grain" of the skin or in or along a crease. If the mole is "shaved" off or burned off, a circular pale area could result, with the circle being much smaller than the mole. ...Read more
Infection after Mole: You may not have an infection. The normal signs of healing after surgery very closely mimic the same signs of an infection. Make sure you are cleansing the wound twice daily and applying an antibiotic ointment to the wound until it is healed per the instructions of the operating doctor. Also, you should immediately let your doctor know your concerns and return to him or her for re-evaluation. ...Read more
Sure: However, depends on size, extent of excision, location, & your ability to remain still. If you are referring to general anesthesia, then yes for sure this probably will not be required. Local anesthesia is usually used, & is also helpful with keeping you comfortable throughout. Even the best intentioned patients can not help to have a natural reaction to withdraw from pain. Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) patch at least. ...Read more
Do not try to remove a mole by topical agents. If you wish to have a mole removed for any reason, see a doctor and make sure that the removed tissue is sent to a pathologist for examination.
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Yes: Requesting doesn't mean your surgeon will agree, but it never hurts to ask. ...Read more
Probably not: Have your doctor refer you to a dermatologist who can more aggresively remove the lesion. ...Read more
I feel nauseous and sick 8 hours after having a mole removal surgery, are my syptoms because of it?
The scar from my mole removal exactly a year ago hasn't faded, should I be worried? How do I fade it?
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 the skin you can also get a scar. You can use lasers to clear the scar or topical growth factors to help, see derm to determine treatment options ...Read more
Hello, I am 20 years old and on 22th July I had a mole removal on my back. Now I have 5 stitches. When can I remove them? Thank you
Ask your MD: You should have a follow up appointment with your MD to check on the wound and remove the stitches. How long they need to stay in depends on where the wound is, how large it is, how much tension is on the wound and what size and type the sutures are. It is impossible for me to say without more information how long they need to stay in. ...Read more
I have a flat mole on my finger. It looks very strange because it is so noticeable on the top of my finger. How does flat mole removal work?
Easy.: You can definitely have moles on the palms and soles, but it is not as common. Flat moles are removed the same way as raised ones--an injection is given to numb the area and then a blade is used to surgically remove it. The specimen is then sent to a pathologist for evaluation. Your skin will actually regrow so that it will not appear to be a depression once the skin repairs itself. ...Read more
Mole removal: Cost will vary based on several factors--who removes it (primary md vs specialist), where it is removed (office, surgery center, vs hospital), and whether you have insurance or not. This may be covered by insurance so you should check with your provider to see if you have a deductible to pay and who are participating providers. It can be removed by pcp, derm, general or plastic surgeon. ...Read more