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Old 12-26-2010, 11:57 PM
 
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I had a mole removed from my leg almost 3 weeks ago and its taking so long to heal it is becoming frustrating. I realize this is insignificant in light of if it were cancerous but I wonder if the healing time is normal or if I should be concerned.

(it also makes me reconsider my plastic surgery plans at the end of 2011 if im grossed out and uncomfortable about a mole removal)
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:09 AM
 
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How unhealed is it? I had a very large mole removed from my inner thigh a few years ago. It developed a scab and healed within a week or two. After it was healed, it looked like a pink circle for probably a year. Now it looks like a white circle---paler than my normal skin color, like a scar because it is essentially a scar.

Are you experiencing normal healing? Or is it infected? Is it oozing any discharge? You need to report any signs of infection to your doctor.

You should have seen improvement. Has there been improvement? Did it scab? Don't pick the scab. You'll slow the healing process and you'll cause more scarring.

It's hard to tell what you're talking about when you simply say that your mole removal hasn't healed after three weeks. Was it scraped off or was it removed with a scalple and then stitched?

If your skin doesn't heal easily, I would strongly discourage plastic surgery. Healing time is what determins if you will have noticable scars.
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:29 AM
 
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Thanks Hopes - its showing improvement but not close to being healed so after reading your post im going to go see my doctor this week.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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I had a mole removed (twice--they found abnormal tissue the first time and had to take out more.) Mine didn't heal well either. It took a long time, and while the scar is now plain pink/white tissue, it's pretty big and not very attractive (fortunately it's usually covered by clothes.) It took months before the scab completely went away and it's still tender years later.

If your skin doesn't heal well, I might rethink plastic surgery unless it was something you really needed.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:04 AM
 
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If you smoke, healing can be delayed. Same for diabetes. Checking back with your doctor is the best thing to do.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:39 AM
 
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All good advice. How was it removed? Frozen or surgury? Makes a difference in healing time but 3 weeks is pretty long.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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It was a mole on my leg - quick snip with a razor - its not completely the same as immediately after - but I would think it would be almost done healing. Thanks for all the advice.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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All good advice. How was it removed? Frozen or surgury? Makes a difference in healing time but 3 weeks is pretty long.
They don't normally freeze moles that are suspected of cancer because they need to save the mole tissue for pathology.

As a result, her mole was either shaved off or removed with a scalpel. Shaved has a shorter recovery than scalpel.

I'm suspecting that the OP had shaved becuase scalpel requires a return visit to the doctor to have stitches removed one to three weeks later.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:32 PM
 
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Was a biopsy done, regardless of how it was removed? I'm glad you are going back to the doctor, to be sure that there is not a problem. A biopsy may be in order now, if it wasn't done before.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:01 PM
 
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I had a wide excision of a mole done a year and a half ago--it took a whole year before the scar looked okay. In that first year it looked red and was lumpy. After a year the scar started to flatten out and get less red, but it took a long time. I think healing also has to do with where on the body the scar is located--if it's located in an area that gets lots of movement (like on a joint), it will probably take longer than if it's in an area that doesn't get much movement.
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