Mole & Skin Lesions – Post Procedure Facts & Advice

As far as skin cancers are concerned the earlier these are diagnosed and seen the better the outcome so don’t delay seeing someone about a new or growing skin lesion.

A few new checks are now available which are able to eradicate certain types of skin cancers.  If appropriate I will discuss the use of these areas instead of surgery to remove them.

Post-operative care for Mole & Skin Lesions

  • These procedures will usually be done either in my rooms or in a day surgery unit if a larger lesion needs excising or if a flap needs to be used.
  • You will have steristrips applied to the wound.
  • Leave these strips intact until I see you again.
  • I will see you for suture removal at 5 to 7 days for facial wounds and 10 to 14 days for removal on the body.


  • You can shower, get the area wet and dab to dry.
  • There is often not much pain but if it is a little sore Panadol or Panadeine can be taken.
  • I generally do not prescribe antibiotics for facial lesions unless a flap is involved.
  • I sometimes give antibiotics for removals from other parts of the body.
  • Once your sutures are removed I will usually as you to wear some tape and scar cream over the wound for about 3 months.
  • Your scar will be red and a little nodular for 6 to 8 weeks.  It will then begin to fade and the final appearance will be at about 12 to 18 months post-operatively.