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.
- 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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