What are the treatments available for white scar left by mole removal? (photo)
I had a mole at my neck removed about 5 months ago via burning the surface of the skin to form a scab. The scab left behind a scar (white circular patch as seen in picture), which is bothering me because it is very visible even from far when I tie my hair. What are the treatments available to improve the condition of the scars? Please advice. Thank you!
It appears to be an hypopigmented scar. This can happen after inflammation from skin procedures such as lasers. The problem is particularly more obvious in Asian/darker skin types because of poorer healing and also simply because the white patch stands out.
Some anti-inflammatory creams can help and they are available with a doctor's prescription. Certain laser and light treatments can also improve the outcome of the lesion. Even with treatment, it takes some time for the lesion to fade.
I would recommend a proper consult with a dermatologist or aesthetic physician to discuss your skin type and various treatment options. All the best!
Did you remove one or 2 moles? There seems to be 2 scars. One of them seems to be having a regrowth of the mole.
You can either wait or try some of the treatments (Fractional CO2 laser, scar cream) suggested. If all else failed, you may even try to excise the scar. It may convert the round scar to a line which is less obvious. There is of course other risks like any procedure. Sit down with your doctor for a better understanding.
In the meantime, stay positive and stay happy!
Dr Elias Tam
You have a hypo-pigmented scar following mole removal. This can happen occasionally.
These scars will slowly become closer to your skin colour over time.
There are several treatments including creams which can help the scar to be less obvious.
Do speak to an aesthetic doctor/dermatologist for a detailed consult and more comprehensive advice!
Dr Justin Boey