There are various techniques used to remove moles, the use of cosmetic laser/radiofrequency technology is often the first choice for Me Clinic patients, and every surgery or treatment will leave a mole removal scar. Mole removal procedures can vary in duration, and the healing process may differ among individuals. Some patients may experience minimal discomfort during recovery, while others may experience more significant discomfort.
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How to avoid post-mole removal scars
There are a number of treatment options to consider. They all have their valuable purpose. The outcomes of mole removal treatments can vary, and while some treatments may leave a scar, others may result in less visible scarring. However, no treatment can guarantee completely scar-free results. A Me Clinic doctor can help you understand the potential outcomes and risks of different treatments. A Me Clinic doctor can help you choose the right approach for delivering the best possible mole removal outcomes. Here are some mole removal surgery options.
Laser mole removal
Laser mole removal lasers include IPL (Intense Pulse Light), KTP (potassium titanyl phosphate) or ND-Yag laser. These lasers target the mole and evaporate it. The laser heat energy also cauterises and seals the wound. Patients may experience varying levels of discomfort in the treated area, and the healing process can differ among individuals. While some patients may experience minimal downtime, others may require a longer recovery period. The degree of scarring can also vary, with some patients experiencing minimal to no visible scarring.
Liquid nitrogen is commonly used to freeze warts, skin tags, skin lesions, and other growths. Cryotherapy is also used on some types of moles, such as seborrheic keratosis. Following cryotherapy, the treated area of the skin typically sheds over a period of time, which can vary among individuals. The appearance of the skin after treatment can also vary, with some individuals noticing a change in skin tone.
Shave Excision Surgery
Large raised moles or those that protrude from the skin can be removed using shave excision surgery. A scalpel or radio frequency is used for lesion removal, resulting in flat and mole-free skin. The healing process following shave excision surgery can vary among individuals, typically taking several weeks. The visibility of scarring can also differ, with some patients noticing a small scar.
Ellipse Excision Surgery
This is the most invasive option. It is normally chosen to fully remove suspicious skin cancer moles or those that are not suitable for laser or shave surgical excision. The entire mole is removed in one go and the wound is closed with dissolvable and non-dissolvable stitches (sutures). After the healing process, the visibility of scarring can vary among individuals, with some noticing a thin scar.
Things to know about cosmetic mole removal
A Me Clinic skin clinician or surgeon will provide a skin consultation before any procedure. We prioritise customer care and safety, so you may need to have your moles checked by a qualified physician or dermatologist first to ensure the specific type of mole can be safely removed. Your doctor will provide information and answer your questions about the treatment options to help you make an informed decision. It’s important to understand that all medical procedures carry potential risks and complications. Choose the team at Me Clinic to look after your mole removal procedure.
Facial mole removal and mole removal on other areas of the body involve procedures that are typically performed using a local anaesthetic. The complexity of these procedures can vary depending on individual circumstances.
- Inform your surgeon of any medications you are currently taking.
- Inform your surgeon if your moles have changed in size, shape, or colour.
- Ask any questions you have about the procedure and aftercare.
Why radiofrequency surgery is a popular treatment
During RF mole removal, radiofrequency is directed toward the mole, targeting unwanted skin cells. This precise procedure means that only the mole is removed and surrounding healthy tissue is unaffected. The duration of each mole removal procedure can vary, and the recovery process can differ among individuals. While some patients may experience minimal downtime, others may require a longer recovery period. The degree of scarring can also vary, with some patients experiencing minimal to no visible scarring. It’s important to note that returning to work or regular activities immediately after the procedure may not be suitable for everyone.
Preparing your skin for mole removal surgery
Your suitability for mole removal surgical procedures will be assessed by a Me Clinic doctor during your initial consultation. During your consultation, you can discuss various aspects of the procedure, including potential scarring, wound care, and pigment changes. It’s also an opportunity to learn about other skincare options. However, it’s important to understand that all medical procedures carry potential risks and complications.
Radiofrequency mole removal treatment reduces raised moles down to the skin level. The healing process following radiofrequency mole removal can vary among individuals, typically taking a week or two. The appearance of the skin after treatment can also vary, with some individuals noticing a change in skin tone. While some patients may experience:
- minimal scarring
- damage to surrounding skin
- bleeding, or
it’s important to understand that all medical procedures carry potential risks and complications.
Aftercare tips to avoid scarring after cosmetic mole removal
Your Me Clinic specialist will provide post-treatment aftercare instructions and recommend suitable products that maximise mole removal treatment benefits. Products such as silicone gel, petroleum jelly, and sunscreen can be part of the post-treatment care, but their effectiveness can vary among individuals. It’s important to follow your clinician’s instructions and understand that healing is a process that can be influenced by many factors.
Day of treatment – Avoid touching the treated skin. Don’t put anything on the treated area unless recommended by your clinician.
Day 2 – Apply skincare ointments or creams as instructed by your Me Clinic clinician. Apply sunscreen when outdoors.
Day 3-10 – Allow a scab to form and come away naturally and avoid sun exposure and exfoliation for the next couple of weeks.
Ongoing – Continue using appropriate skincare products post-treatment until the treated area has fully healed.
Visit the Me Clinic website to book your free consultation
Me Clinic is highly regarded by Australian cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons. A free consultation with a Me Clinic doctor is a valuable and meaningful exchange of surgery options and expectations. Contact Me Clinic or book a one-on-one video or phone consultation. Talk to the doctors at Me Clinic about any mole removal questions you have.
You will also learn about the healing time involved after having a mole removed, plus how to care for your mole removal scars. At Me Clinic, we strive to provide high-quality mole removal procedures, but it’s important to understand that outcomes can vary among individuals and all medical procedures carry potential risks and complications. For mole removal and other skincare wellness procedures that will make you feel better and look better, the journey starts with Me Clinic, so contact us today!
Will my mole come back after removal?
If not fully removed, or for other reasons, a mole can come back. That’s why you should only trust professional medical and clinical staff at a reputable clinic such as Me Clinic.
How do you avoid a scar after mole removal?
Laser/radio frequency mole removal and cryotherapy are methods of mole removal that aim to minimize scarring. However, the effectiveness of these methods can vary among individuals and all medical procedures carry potential risks and complications.