After the procedure, you need to keep a layer of petrolatum (Vaseline) and a bandage on the wound. Clean the wound once or twice daily with either water or diluted hydrogen peroxide. After cleaning the wound, apply the petrolatum and bandage. These steps are repeated until the wound is healed.
How do you care for your skin after a mole is removed?
Mole Removal Aftercare: What You Need to Know
- Keep the area dry for 24 hours.
- After this time, gently wash closely around the site without washing or pulling the stitches.
- Dry the site with a clean towel.
- Apply a topical antibiotic to the site.
How long does it take to recover from having a mole removed?
Healing time after mole removal
In general, expect a mole removal scar to take at least two to three weeks to heal. Some methods to reduce scarring should be started once the wound is healed. But initial care for the wound is essential for preventing infection and giving you the best chance at minimal scarring.
What happens when you have a mole removed?
A common mole won’t come back after it’s removed completely. A mole with cancer cells might. The cells can spread if not treated right away. Keep watch on the area and let your doctor know if you notice a change.
Can you shower after mole removal?
You may shower normally and get water on the wound, but do not immerse the area in water (e.g. swimming, baths) until the stitches have been removed. Leave any tape on the wound until you have your stitches removed. You can shower as normal and gently pat the area dry.
How do you clean your face after mole removal?
You may wash the area with a mild soap and luke warm water after 2 days. Do not soak the area in water, or leave wet dressing against wound. Gently pat the area dry with a clean towel. Do not rub.
Is mole removal painful?
Excision, also known as cutting, involves removing the mole and a small margin of skin using a scalpel or special surgical scissors. Before cutting the mole, your doctor will inject a local anesthetic into the mole so the removal process won’t be painful.
Does it hurt after mole removal?
You shouldn’t experience any severe pain as the area heals, but you might deal with soreness or itching, Dr. Conrad says. Regardless of the type of mole removal you had, your doctor should instruct you on how to keep the area as clean and soothed as possible.
Does mole removal leave a hole?
A mole or naevus is made up of naevus cells, which extend right through the skin. Therefore, if removal is to be complete, it will leave a hole. Whichever way this heals, there will be a scar.
Can I drive after mole removal?
We recommend that you do not drive directly after your procedure. sometimes there may be a delay. You will be given detailed instructions on your dressing and how to care for your wound.
How do you know if your mole removal is infected?
You have signs of infection, such as:
- Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness.
- Red streaks leading from the wound.
- Pus draining from the wound.
- A fever.
How much does it cost to have a mole removed?
Typical costs: Removal of a mole typically costs about $150 to $400. It varies from doctor to doctor and by which technique is used.
Do I need antibiotics after mole removal?
Complications of Mole Removal
The surgical wound may bleed a little. It will be covered with a dressing and you may have stitches to help keep it closed. The surgical wound could develop an infection, which can usually be treated with antibiotics. Signs of an infection could include redness and swelling.
Can you take ibuprofen after mole removal?
We recommend that you avoid use of aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), Aleve or other NSAIDs for pain relief as they may increase risk of bleeding.