How To Avoid Scars After Removing Moles
18 July 2012
Getting rid of moles is itself a big challenge for us, but avoiding scar formation on the skin after mole removal is an even bigger problem. The biggest factor that influences our decision to get a mole removed is often if there will be a scar formed after removal procedure or not? And if that happens, will it be unsightly and uglier compared to the original skin mole? This particular aspect is a lot more important to those who want to get rid of their moles due to cosmetic reasons rather than a forceful requirement of a (melanoma skin cancer) medical reason.
Thankfully mole removing surgical techniques and procedures has drastically changed in terms of technology advancements since the early days of methods for mole removal. That being said, still all these methods will not give you NO SCAR guarantee or promise, because it is obvious that you will get some scarring after a surgical treatment. Let’s discuss in detail about surgical mole removal methods and scaring risk associate with them…
Surgical Excision Removal – Practically if you see, any type of surgical cut on the skin will obviously create scars or stitches marks. People who undergo surgical procedure of mole removal will most likely see a very thin scratch line that will naturally disappear or fade away over time, because healing takes time.
Laser Treatment – With laser mole removal surgery people are most likely to have a light brownish scar left on the skin after removal procedure is completed. It almost looks like a small chicken pox which generally disappears on its own in 2-3 weeks and more depending on the size of the mole which is removed.
Cryosurgery – In this particular method liquid nitrogen is used to completely freeze the mole, which is an effective removal method; however, this method is known to have the highest percentage of leaving scarring after completed removal procedure. This method is definitely not recommended for those who are looking to remove their facial moles for cosmetic reasons.
How to remove scars that are formed after mole removal?
Fading or getting rid of scarring that has occurred after mole removal is not easy and not everyone will be able to successfully remove them, because it depends on particular person’s skin type and how dark and visible the scar is, however, there are some natural remedies and treatments that can help if followed properly. Given below are some of them.
Avoiding Excessive Sun Exposure – Generally mole removal aftercare suggestion emphasize mainly on avoiding your skin from sun exposure and save it from harmful UV rays as much as possible. It is also suggested to avoid using sun tanning machines, equipments and products to prevent your skin from scarring after mole removal.
Never Scratch Affected Skin Area – It is natural to feel itching and burning sensation after mole removal surgery and when it happens we tend to scratch that affected skin area, which should be strictly avoided, because it could worsen your scarring and may also make it look darker. Therefore it is advised to let your skin naturally heal to avoid possible chances of scars.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated – When our skin recovers from a surgical treatment it is always good to keep your skin moist and hydrated because it helps the healing process to work effectively and faster. For that you can apply skin moisturizers or drink lot of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and that will further help it to main skin’s elasticity levels.
Healthy, Nutritious and Balanced Diet – Eating foods that are rich in nutrients will help you reduce the chances of mole removal scars. Therefore it is important to increase overall intake of protein and, Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E so that it can help your body to grow fresh and healthy skin and it further helps you to avoid scars formation on the skin as well.
Stop Smoking – Smoking is injurious for health and for your skin as well. That is the reason why your dermatologist will also ask you to stop smoking for at least 2-3 weeks after your surgical mole removal treatments. It is a medically proven fact that smokers generally take a lot more time for healing process compared to those who don’t smoke.