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Will Smoking Affect Recovery Scar 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thickening: As long as thee is no redness or thickening of the scar, healing should progress well. ...Read more
I have non-cancerous moles on face, and I want to remove. Which procedure won't leave scars: cryogenic mole removal or radio-frequency mole removal?
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 you want to minimize potential scaring. Best wishes. ...Read more
Will mole removal leave a scar? I have had a mole on my right cheek ever since I was born. It is very big and unattractive, so I want to get it removed. I don't want to replace the mole with a surgical scar, though. Does the procedure for mole removal lea
Any: Any surgical excision of a mole or any other facial lesion will always leave a scar. Bigger lesions will leave bigger scars. Scars may be favorable or unfavorable. Favorable scars have more natural color, are flat and blend in with the lines of the face. Unfavorable scars may be raised, irregular, or run against the natural lines of one's face. Plastic surgeons are uniquely qualified to asses a patient's face when removing cancer or moles and provide the most "favorable" scar possible. ...Read more
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
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
I have bunch of moles all over my face, they really bother, they're all small and flat, if I had laser mole removal, will I end up with scars on my face?
It depends on what type of skin lesions these are. It is best to see a dermatologist.
Some lesions will respond to topical creams or can be 'frozen'. These treatments typically leave less scar.
However, some will require excision (cutting) and this will leave a small scar for each area.
You can minimize scarring by always wearing sunscreen/avoiding excessive sunlight to your face. ...Read more
Is laser mole removal effective? I want to pursue mole removal for a 2 inch oblong mole on my arm, but I am scared of surgery and getting a big scar. I want an alternative that won't leave a scar also. Does laser removal of moles really work? .
Probably not: This depends entirely on the size of the surgery, the location of the surgery and the type of work you do. Your surgeon can give you an answer specific to your particular situation. Scar revision of a small facial scar is unlikely to require time off from a telemarketing job, for example, but would probably delay the return to work of a television anchor woman. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends: Obviously, scar revision/mole removal on the hand would require longer rest of the hand than the same surgery on the face. Also, if the scar/mole was quite large and the skin was pulled tightly, more rest is required than if a narrow scar / tiny mole was removed. Ask your surgeon so that he can give you an answer specific to your situation. ...Read more
After my mole removal surgery where apparently a cyst was also removed from, my scar seemed to be healing fine until I noticed string coming out, what do ido?
I had a mole removal surgery and apparently a hidden cyst was removed at the same time. Scar was healing fine, until I noticed string is coming out. What do I do?
See your doctor: I don't know what this string may be, depends on the color and consistency. Your wound may be infected if it is also red, swollen, and tender. I would have your doctor who removed it take a look at it. ...Read more
Depends...: This should be answered by your doctor who is performing the scar revision. Generally, if your scar revision require surgical excision, and the mole in question happens to be near the area to be excised, then it is easy to remove the mole along with the scar. If your mole is raised, your doctor may choose to simply shave excise the mole independent of your scar revision. ...Read more
What's the best mole removal procedure? Laser, cutting.? I have a lot of moles on my face and I rly want to avoid scars, all of them are tiny brown spots
Freckles or moles: Freckles are clusters of flat, circular, brown (concentrated melanin) which are most often visible on people with a fair complexion. A freckle is also called an "ephelis". This is different than moles or Lentigines which are raised and have increase in melanocytes. You need to have a correct diagnosis and then discuss tx options. Freckles can be made lighter with LASERs, moles do not. ...Read more
I have a flat pink scar on my face from mole removal, how to I reduce redness and as I am prone to keloids is there any chance it could develop to one?
Neocutis Peche.: I use a product from neocutis called peche as a redness reducer in scarred areas. It is also important to avoid sun exposure to scarred areas especially in the early stages. Given your tendency to keloid I would recommend this as a first step and avoid more traumatic treatments. ...Read more
Good first step: I think that is a reasonable first step as this doctor most likely has your best interests in mind and is familiar with your wound healing now. If you are not satisfied then get a second opinion. ...Read more
Hive like spot appeared today on edge of 3 in scar on butt from mole removal year ago. SD nevus. Clear margins. MOHS surgeon. Already smaller. What?
Painful scar tissue left under atypical mole removal spot on calf. Sharp, deep pain. Dermatologist recommended plastic surgeon. What will happen?
History and Exam: The Plastic surgeon will see you. Obtain a history and perform a physical exam. Once he has evaluated the problem, he will discuss with you the options to treat the problem. ...Read more