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Stitches After Mole Removal
I received 1 stitch after a mole removal. My dr wasn't clear on aftercare. Should I use Neosporin and bandage the wound along w/ cleaning w/ soap & H2O?
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
Mole removal site seems to have a small, darker-colored line in the middle of the pink area. Is this where the stitches came together? Something else?
Persistence: Could be a remnant of the mole. See the doc who excised mole for assessment. ...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
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
How long for dissolvable stitches to dissolve? Approx 1 week post mole removal, I have a piece sticking out that won't budge when pulled. Normal?
Dissol/suture: Upto 6 weeks on average.Get a more detailed answer ›
What's the appropriate post-op care for mole removal (dissolvable stitches)? When can I take the first bandage off and do I need to put new ones on?
Stitches were removed yest on lower back from a mole removal. Steri strips are now holding incision area. A bit of bleeding occuring. Is this normal?
Had minor mole removal on arm 3 days ago required 3 stitches. My arm feels sore. Is this normal? How many times should I change bandage n put vaseline
Mole removal & pain:
It is normal for you to have some discomfort three days our from a mole removal. Notify your physician if you have increasing redness, swellling, or discharge. Otherwise, you should start to feel a lot better soon. I would clean it at least twice a day. Good luck. Dr. Kosari ...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?
Mole Removal Surgery:
Most moles are either removed totally especially if small or if very large a "punch biopsy" at one of the edges is done for diagnosis to make sure it is not a melanoma and if it is then the depth/stage it is.
In all cases moles are sent to the pathologist to get a microspopic examination as the standard of care. ...Read more
Leave it alone: It is clean procedure, chances of getting infected is very low, most of the time will need dry dressing only. Speak to your surgeon, some times you may develop local reaction from Neosporin. ...Read more
Care: If the wound is open, keep the area clean by washing with soap and water at least once a day. You can keep some Bacitracin ointment on the open part of the wound and cover with a dry gauze; change twice a day. Let your doctor know, it may not be healing for other reasons such as infection. ...Read more
Several millimeters: To completely remove a mole, one must cut into the skin as the mole may extend several millimeters below the surgace. This will require a stich. However, sometimes we only wish to remove the protion of the mole that sticks out and bothers the patient: in this case we can"shave" the lesion flat parallel to the surface of the skin. ...Read more
Sure: Depends on the completeness of the excision. ...Read more
Moles: The only proper way to remove a mole is through a simple surgical procedure. In this way a specimen is then available for histopathological diagnosis. ...Read more
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