While some mole removal procedures are done for cosmetic purposes, others are performed to prevent the possibility of cancer. The most pressing concern about mole removal, however, is scarring. Especially if the mole area is cut and stitched, scarring is almost unavoidable. But although that’s the case, there are certain things you can do to prevent scarring. Here they are.
- Have a dermatologist do the procedure. Many have attempted to remove their moles on their own, but that is generally not a safe thing to do. Besides, DIY mole removal procedures are even more likely to result in scarring. If you want to have your mole removed, make sure to have it done by a dermatologist. A dermatologist has the technical knowledge and skill to excise your mole with less chance of scarring.
- Use topical anti-scarring cream. After the procedure, your dermatologist will prescribe you with an anti-scarring cream. Anti-scarring creams specifically have onion extract that is exceptionally potent in preventing scars. Apply the cream according to the instructions of your dermatologist or on the product label.
- Keep the mole area clean. Your dermatologist may have particularly given you aftercare instructions to get rid of bacteria and prevent infection. Follow them regularly. Wash the area with the recommended cleaning solution and apply cream treatments to speed up the healing process. If the area is stitched, make sure to protect it with a bandage.
- Moisturize your skin. Dry skin is particularly more to prone to scarring, so make sure to regularly moisturize your skin. Consult your dermatologist about the moisturizer you will use, as he knows exactly which is appropriate for your skin type. Moisturizer should be applied everyday, whether you are indoors or outdoors.
- Drink plenty of water everyday. Daily intake of adequate amount of water is an essential skincare routine, especially when your skin is recovering from a mole removal procedure. Water keeps your skin hydrated and promotes skin regeneration.
- Massage the mole area. Massaging promotes proper blood circulation and thus helps the skin recover from the mole removal procedure. It also allows nutrients to be sufficiently delivered to the area, leaving the skin less prone to scarring. Massage should be done everyday for around two minutes.
- Apply sunscreen. UV rays are particularly damaging to the mole area. So to prevent scarring, make sure to wear sunscreen protection everyday. The SPF level you need depends on your skin type. Generally, though, SPF 30 works well on any skin type.
- Put Vitamin E on the mole area. Vitamin E helps in strengthening the skin and in the healing process. Prick a capsule and empty the content onto the mole area. You can leave it overnight and rinse in the morning.
- Limit your physical activities. After the mole removal procedure, make sure not to stress your skin. And this means avoiding physically demanding activities, as these can stretch the skin and promote scarring. Let your skin heal for a while before going back to your normal physical routine.
If you suspect any indication of infection, avoid self-medication. Contact your dermatologist at once. Also, never apply anything to your skin without the approval of your dermatologist to prevent any skin damage.