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Doctor insights on: Will Smoking Affect Recovery Scar Mole Removal

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Will smoking affect my recovery scar revision & mole removal?

Will smoking affect my recovery scar revision & mole removal?

Yes: Smoking causes poor wound healing after any invasive procedure such as surgery, laser resurfacing, liposuction, etc..., including scar revision and mole removal, resulting in worsened scarring. In addition to lung cancer, smoking is also known to cause premature wrinkling and aging of the skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Mole Removal (Definition)

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


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What is recovery like after scar revision & mole removal?

What is recovery like after scar revision & mole removal?

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. ...Read more

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What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after scar revision & mole removal?

What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after scar revision & mole removal?

Immunosuppression: In addition to diabetics, patients who are immunocompromised (ie: hiv, organ transplants, chemotherapy for cancer, etc.) also have slower healing and increased risk of infection. ...Read more

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The scar from my mole removal exactly a year ago hasn't faded, should I be worried? How do I fade 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

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What does the scar from a mole removal look like? Is it a circle?

What does the scar from a mole removal look like?  Is it a circle?

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

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How can I prevent a scar after mole removal?

How can I prevent a scar after mole removal?

Mole removal: Any time you cut the skin you will have a scar. You can minimize scaring by preventing sun exposure during the healing process. ...Read more

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Would Mederma help with post mole removal scar?

Would Mederma help with post mole removal scar?

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 compared scar treatments had silicone as the best. Also it's cheaper then mederma and is sold at most major drug stores and online. ...Read more

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Why is my scar still itchy 3/4 after mole removal?

Why is my scar still itchy 3/4 after mole removal?

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 slowly resolve. In some patients, this resolution may be prolonged. Steroid can help but ask your dermatologist first. ...Read more

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The scar from my mole removal is not healing and I am worried. What can I do?

The scar from my mole removal is not healing and I am worried. What can I do?

Non-healing Scar: There are many reasons why wounds don't heal after surgery. If the mole was cancerous (melanoma), the cancer could still be growing. Did your doctor send the mole for pathology? Other problems are tension on the wound, infection, trauma, such as scratching, and hypertrophic scarring. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more