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How Long Will It Take to Heal from a Mole Removal Surgery? Will It Leave a Scar?

How Long Will It Take to Heal from a Mole Removal Surgery? Will It Leave a Scar?

Moles are often removed for cosmetic reasons, but there are times when they need to be removed for practical reasons as well. Mole surgery is a relatively safe and simple procedure, but many patients are concerned about the recovery time, as well as the possibility of scarring. Consequently, they generally want to know – How long will it take to heal after mole removal surgery and will it leave a scar?

What is a Mole?

A mole is a growth on the skin that is usually present from birth, but may also develop on the skin as you age. They are often made up of melanocytes, which are cells that produce melanin (dark pigment).

Moles are usually tan or brown in colour, and can be either flat or raised. Most moles are harmless and can be left alone, but moles that change colour, shape, or size, should be checked for abnormal cells.

Should I Get a Mole Removed?

It’s often not easy to tell just by looking at a mole whether it is benign, or needs further attention. Cancer specialists recommend that you examine your skin regularly, and take note of existing moles that start to look suspicious, or any new ones that emerge. You should immediately have these checked by your doctor.

Look out for moles that are asymmetrical, have border irregularities, or are uneven in colour. Moles with any abnormal characteristics should be removed, as they may be at risk of becoming cancerous. People with a large number of moles are often at greater risk for developing melanoma. Because of this, their moles are often removed for safety.

Mole Removal

  • Moles are often removed via a very simple procedure known as shave incision. This is a technique that involves using a razor to shave off the mole, just below the skin’s surface. The procedure is quick and relatively painless. Excision is suited for flat moles, as well as for moles that may have abnormal cells and require analysis.
  • Laser therapy is another option for mole removal, but not all moles qualify for this procedure. Laser treatment is suitable for moles that are raised above the surface of the skin. It is usually performed using a moderate intensity laser, which delivers energy that heats and destroys the mole. Laser therapy is not recommended for moles that appear problematic, as it would be impossible to tell if the mole was malignant.

At Medicetics we specialize in scarless mole removal. With this process the mole is cut off using a derma blade, which is a tool that is specially designed to carry out shave biopsies. The procedure can be used to remove moles from any part of the body. Treatment is done under local anaesthetic, so as to minimize any discomfort.

After removing the mole, the wound is cauterized with a chemical to stop any bleeding. Moles are always sent off for analysis, whether or not they are deemed to be suspicious. There are times when moles look harmless to the naked eye but actually contain abnormal cells, so analysis is important.

How Long Does It Take to Heal After Mole Removal?

The entire shave excision process takes about 10 minutes to complete, and the scar takes anywhere from 10-14 days to heal after mole removal. However, this often varies for individual patients.

Scar healing after laser mole removal can take up to 2 weeks after treatment, but it will take another 2 -3 weeks before the area is fully restored.

Will It Leave a Scar?

There is usually a very small scar after mole surgery, but this is hardly noticeable. The scar generally improves over time, and in some cases there is no scar at all. The scars left behind after shave excision are usually less prominent than those that result from laser therapy. However, this often depends on the location of the mole.

If you have any moles you are unsure about, it’s best to have them checked, so why not schedule a consultation with one of our doctors at Medicetics Skin Clinic, London, UK? We will carefully examine your mole before deciding on the treatment option that will give you the best result. Call +44 (0) 207 402 2033 to set up an appointment.


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5 thoughts on “How Long Will It Take to Heal from a Mole Removal Surgery? Will It Leave a Scar?

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    I like that you mentioned that you should check your skin regularly, and if any moles look different, you should contact your doctor. I have a mole that has been there since birth, and just recently started growing and changing shapes. I will need to go to a dermatologist in my area to get it diagnosed and find a good treatment.

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    I put dermalmd scar treatment serum on a scar after having a cancerous mole removed. I used the serum twice a day and wasn’t expecting it to work so quickly but my scar has already faded a good amount.

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    This was a wonderful informative post you shared on this page with the outstanding steps to destroy the black moles from face naturally at home from the Sensitive skin of hand in a seven days by using the hemp seed oil daily according to the period of a time after the recommendations of a doctor to get spotless skin with the usage of skin care products and remember the instructions of a doctor which help you to destroy this kind of disease rapidly , You must go to a doctor one time in a week for starting of proper treatment to destroy the black moles from face naturally at home appeared on the Sensitive skin of hand and finger in a summer season due to the effect of sun rays,Keep it in your mind don’t work in the light of sun because the heat of sun with the dust particles of sun rays increase the disease of black moles on face skin naturally due to the demaged of skin layers cells after the working of some time you notice the color of skin become black and moles are increased on the Sensitive skin of a body this is also a effect of skin cancer . So take care of skin and avoid to work in a light of sun . you also use a mask on the face if necessary to work in the light of sun and also use carrot in the food salad .Thanks.

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    Great site. Just had a quick read.

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    I think the tip to examine your skin regularly is a huge help. I had a really good friend who didn’t do a self inspection very often and ended up getting skin cancer. Getting a mole removed doesn’t necessarily sound like a pleasant experience, but it’s definitely more desirable than the alternative. Thanks for sharing!

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