One of the factors in deciding whether or not to have a mole removed is often if the resultant procedure will leave a scar, and, if so, will it be more unsightly than the original mole was. This clearly applies more so to individuals who have their moles removed for cosmetic reasons rather than the necessity of a medical reason.
Fortunately surgery techniques have moved on significantly since the early days of mole removal; however, there is still the risk of scarring attached to these procedures and typically the following methods will potentially leave some scarring:
- Laser surgery: Very often a brownish area is left behind after this procedure is carried out, similar to that of chicken pox or a normal pimple; over time the scar will normally fade.
- Surgical excision: To be fair, any kind of cut into the skin is always likely to leave some scarring behind. Individuals who opt for this method are likely to see a fine scratch type line, which again over time should fade away.
- Cryotherapy: This method of freezing the mole can be effective in helping to remove it; however, it also runs the risk of leaving some scarring behind. Sometimes nearby areas are damaged, especially if there are nerve endings close by. As a result this method is not recommended in some areas of the face, especially around the eyes and also between the lip and the nose.
How to Avoid and Reduce Scars?
This isn’t something that everyone will be able to do, largely it is to do with an individual’s propensity to scar in the first place; however, there are some suggestions that, if followed, can help:
- Avoid excessive UV rays: Normally standard aftercare advice will be to try to stay out of the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays, wherever possible; this also includes not using sun tanning equipment.
- Avoid scratching: Easier said than done for many people, as a natural reaction to the healing process the wound area will often itch when it is recovering; as a result of this it can lead to scratching, which of course will set back the overall healing process and can lead to scarring.
- Stay hydrated: This is good advice generally, but especially so if recovering from some kind of surgical procedure. Good hydration will help the skin’s elasticity levels and as a result will improve the overall healing result.
- Eat a balanced diet: This is very effective in helping to reduce the possibility of mole removal scars, it is important that the individual concerned takes in the correct protein intake as well, as this is one building block to obtaining a healthy skin. For people who cannot eat meat, fish or dairy products they can still get adequate levels of protein from soy products.
- Smoking: Or rather quit smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to the surgical treatment; it has been proven that smokers take a longer time to fully recover from surgery and are more at risk of scarring than non-smokers.
What are the Risks of Scarring From Home Remedies?
When it comes to using a home remedies for mole removal, there seems to be very little evidence to suggest that these lead to scarring. Perhaps one of the main reasons for this is that the products that are used tend to contain natural ingredients, these often are things like:
- Tea tree oil
- Vitamin E
- Aloe Vera
- Apple cider vinegar
- Grapefruit juice
Even when other products like duct tape or even nail polish are used, the number of cases of mole removal scars being reported are extremely low.
Steps to Take to Heal Scars and Reduce Them
Following your healthcare professional’s advice is always a good place to start when trying to heal scars, concentrating on the steps already listed above relating on ‘how to avoid mole removal scars’ is certainly a good starting point, in addition to this your healthcare professional might recommend:
- Application of vitamin C: When applied directly to the scar area, this can be very effective at helping to reduce scars after surgery.
- Aloe Vera gel: This natural product has been proven extremely good at reducing the overall size of a scar, it is very often complimented with levels of vitamin E.
- Rose hip oil: This affordable product is often used to treat scars, it works by reducing their redness; it can also be used to reduce wrinkles and other skin issues.
- Lavender oil: This is rich in antibacterial and antiviral properties, as a result is very effective in helping to reduce some of the scarring associated with surgical mole removal.
As well as the above, an individual won’t go far wrong by applying any number of fruits or even vegetables directly onto the scar area; these include the likes of lemon juice, cucumber, banana, tomato and even garlic. Most of these are very high in vitamin C or other minerals which work very well at reducing the size of scars.