Mole removal is, in many cases, done for cosmetic reasons. The downside of his procedure is the reasonable chance on a scar (in many cases scarring after mole removal is inevitable). Though, most people will agree that a well healed scar is preferred above a big, prominent mole.
This post is about how to prevent a scar and/or make the scar’s appearance as less obtrusive as possible after mole removal.
Regarding mole removal scar treatment two things are important. The first is wound care. The main rule is that the faster a wound heals the less scar tissue will develop.
Make sure to avoid complications such as wound infections or other wound healing delay. Moisturize. Avoid drying out of the wound. Dried out skin cells will die which delays the healing process. Not convinced? Read more about it here.
Keep the wound clean and covered. Monitor the process and in case of problematic issues take action. (e.g. use an antibiotic ointment or Medihoney wound paste when the wound gets infected) In most cases this should be sufficient.
Now that the wound has healed properly the scar can be treated. When a wound has closed and regenerative tissue has grown we speak of scar treatment. Before that it’s wound treatment. This matters because silicone sheeting should be used only after the wound has closed.
This gets us to the second important item of mole removal scar treatment; silicones. Use silicone sheets, or if you prefer a silicone cream, to treat the scar. These are the only empirically proven effective, non-invasive, over the counter products. Here’s more info, links to clinical studies on this subject, and my personal experiences.
The scar, or potential scar, will not only flatten, soften, become more pliable, and loose its red or purple color but the risk on excessive scar tissue (hypertrophic scars or keloids) will also decrease by using silicones.
For optimal results the sheets should be worn for at least 12 hours a day (or night, which may be more convenient in case the location of the removed mole is visible e.g. on the face).
Sheets have demonstrated to be more effective than their liquid variants. On the other hand, the liquid variants (such as Kelo-cote and ScarAway serum) are easier to use. They dry to a thin film after they are applied and are far less noticeable. I myself used the sheets during the night and the cream on daytime on my face. I used the sheets as much as possible on scars covered by clothing.
Gently massaging the scar tissue may also help as well as using sunscreen to protect it from harmful UV radiation (this is a must). Also keep in mind not to over-stretch the fresh scar because the pressure involved may widen it.