Moles, including the ones in someone’s face are commonly harmless, although some others might be a sign of melanoma—the skin cancer. This is one of various reasons popped out by those undergoing mole removal surgery. Another reason would be related to aesthetic—improving physical appearance with mole-free skin. Although not definite, mole removal procedures might trigger some risks and dangers. Hence, it is really important to do little research about mole removal before deciding to get rid of it. Trusted and experienced dermatologist should be asked for advice’s about the benefits as well as risks of a mole removal treatment.
Should moles be removed?
A lot of people have got moles in some different parts of the body. Commonly, these moles do not cause major harms and do not even trigger minor disturbances, such as itching and pains. If moles are occasionally removed, it is usually caused more by aesthetic reasons than the medical ones. However, some moles might be arise attention, since it changes in size, color, or resulted symptoms. Certain moles might be a sign of skin cancer and thus, need to be removed to scrutinize under a microscope. Risky moles can be signed by some major symptoms, such as:
- Elevation—moles are getting bigger than its previous size. It might be raising or thickening and thus, becomes more visible.
- Abnormal surface—the surface of the moles become excessively dry, bleeding, or crusting. Some abnormal moles even ooze and excrete pus drainage.
- Swelling edges—surrounding skin around moles turn into reddish or pinkish.
- Color change—the moles’ color change into lighter or darker one.
Wound treatment after mole removal
Mole removal is done through an excision surgery. Local anesthetic is used in this removal, and the surgery itself takes only short time to perform. In a removal surgery, a mole is removed by making an excision in a shape of an eye. This incision is stitched closed to leave a straight scar. The removed mole can now be sent to be checked under a microscope for possible cancer development.
Although the treatment only takes minutes, post-surgery wound care should not be ignored, as it is important to perform a proper wound care in order to prevent infection and watch for abnormal growth around it. Post mole removal surgery wound should be taken care by considering some things, such as:
- Hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and iodine may slow down healing process, since those solution may kill new growing cells. Thus, try not to use any of these solution to care for a wound resulted from mole removal treatment. Otherwise, use saline solution if you need to wipe the wound off. In most cases, soap and water is the best solution for washing off the wound.
- Wash the wounds twice a day using gentle soap and water to clean debris and other debris. Do not scrub the wound. Otherwise, rub the area lightly to soften any formed scabs.
- Apply a thin layer of plain, sterile petrolatum (Vaseline) to trigger moist environment which will maximize new skin cell growth. Vaseline will also protect the wound from hazardous bacteria. Antibiotic ointment may be applied, both Vaseline and antibiotic ointment have a similar effect on healing the wound and minimizing scarring.
- Bandage the wound and keep it sealed during the healing process. Leaving a wound open will not heal it faster. Instead, scabs might form—healing process will be inhibited. However, you should prevent the bandage and gauze pads from being too moist, as too much moisture will also delay healing.
- Do not expose post-surgery wound to direct sunlight, as this might delay new cell formation. If you need to do outdoor activities, wear sunblock to protect healing surgical wound from ultraviolet. Do this until the scar fades, which indicates thorough healing.
- If you have performed a mole removal treatment in facial skin, stop wearing make ups during the first stage of healing process. Shaving should not be done as well as long as your surgical wound is still delicate. Shaving and make up application can be done after scabs come off. By this time, your outer epidermis has formed, so that the surgical wound is not as sensitive as before.