Women are able to put makeup over the area after one week. The pink area can persist for several weeks but eventually will fade to the normal, surrounding skin color. In rare cases, if there is a very large mole, it may be treated in two appointments to minimize any scarring and to maximize the cosmetic results.
When can I wash my face after mole removal?
After the first 24 hours, you can wash normally with a mild face wash and apply a Vaseline to keep the area moist for a few days. Working out should be avoided for the first 24-hours. Sunscreen should be used daily.
What can you not do after mole removal?
5 Things to Avoid After Mole Removal
- Shaving at or near the site.
- Strenuous activity.
- Using any skin cleansers, peroxide or other irritants.
- Prolonged exposure to water.
- Medications that may cause bleeding.
How do you care for your skin after a mole is removed?
Wash the area once or twice daily with a gentle soap. Please do not scrub or pick at the site. Three to five times a day apply white petrolatum (Vaseline or Aquaphor) to the area. You do not want a scab to form.
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.
How long do I apply Vaseline after mole removal?
After cleansing, apply a coating of Vaseline® or Neosporin®. Keep ointment on the wound at all times until the wound is healed. Apply a bandage over the wound for the first five to seven days. Most wounds may be left uncovered after five to seven days.
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.
What does a healing mole removal look like?
Approximately 2–4 weeks after mole removal, as healing tissue begins to build up, the affected area may look rough and red and feel stiff. Although the wound area could be a little raised and red for 1–2 months, the scar typically becomes less red and flatter over time.
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.
Do you get stitches after mole removal?
Once your doctor has completely removed your mole, they may place several stitches to help the healing process. They will bandage the treated area and give you instructions to follow during your recovery. You’ll most likely return in 1-2 weeks for a follow-up examination to ensure that the area is healing well.
Is itching normal after mole removal?
After receiving instructions on wound care, if there is no faintness or dizziness, it is safe for you to go home and relax. It might take a few days or even weeks to completely heal depending on the procedure. Pain is uncommon, but soreness and itching might be present.
How do you tell if a removed mole 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.
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.