Post-Op Mole Removal

mole removal | rochester nyHave you recently had a mole removed from The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester, or do you have an upcoming appointment to do so? If so, it’s important to know what things you should do post-op in order to ensure that your skin heals properly from the mole removal and that you lower the likelihood of you scarring from the procedure. Read on to learn more.

No Scratching
Let’s face it, nothing can be quite as annoying as having itchy skin due to either a scar healing or something nasty like a mosquito bite. And as your skin heals from having your mole removed, you will notice that it itches beyond belief. However, as much as you may want to take out your fingernails to scratch it, make sure that you do everything you can to avoid itching it. Itching your skin could cause it to bleed and become infected, which can result in a host of problems, including scarring.

No Direct Sun
One of the other things that you should avoid while your skin is healing from mole removal is exposing it to direct sunlight. The sun can cause your skin to change colors which can result in a more distinct looking scar. Additionally, because the area of skin where your mole was removed will be more sensitive, it could become more easily burnt by the sun. As a rule of thumb, wait to lay out in the sun until your skin has completely healed from mole removal.

No Face Washing
Don’t worry, you can wash your face the next day or two after your removal, but you should wait that long for it to start healing before you expose your skin to water and face wash. Before you go to bed at night, try to wash around the area with a damp washcloth while avoiding direct contact with that portion of your skin.

By following the above suggestions regarding your mole removal, you can help to ensure that your skin heals properly. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester.