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What Happens After a Mole is Removed?
Date: Aug 2017
Having a mole removed is a very simple procedure, but you will need to take good care of your skin as it heals after a surgical mole removal in London.
After the Procedure
The way your skin looks after the mole removal procedure will depend on the technique that was used:
- Sometimes it is possible to perform a shave excision to remove just the raised part of the mole. If you have this kind of mole removal in London, your skin will heal very quickly but there may still be a darker spot if the mole was pigmented.
- Surgical excision may be required to remove the whole mole if there is a risk of cancer or it isn’t suitable for shave excision. The mole and a small part of the surrounding skin will be removed. The surgical wound may need to be stitched up to help it heal and you will probably be left with a small scar.
Caring for Your Surgical Wound
- The surgical wound will usually be covered with a small dressing after the procedure to help keep it clean and dry. You will need to wear this until the wound heals, which will usually take a few days.
- If the wound is painful, you may want to take an over the counter painkiller. However, if it becomes very painful or you notice redness, swelling or bleeding you should contact your dermatologist as you may have an infection. Antibiotics will usually clear this up.
- You should be able to return to your usual activities the day after your mole removal, but you should avoid doing anything that will put stretch or put pressure on the area that was treated as this could open up the wound.
You may need to return to the clinic in London a few days after the mole removal to have your stitches taken out. The doctor will check that your wound is healing properly. You will also be able to get your lab results at the clinic if the mole was tested for skin cancer. Additional treatment may be required if cancer cells were detected and there is a chance they could have spread beyond the area that was removed.
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Did you know?
are not a cause for concern and present a purely cosmetic problem. However, moles can occasionally undergo changes that lead to them becoming cancerous.
is a common condition characterised by blackheads, whiteheads and cysts. It affects the greasy and hair-bearing areas such as the face, chest and back.
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