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Old 05-07-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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Deep Mole Shave Having Issues Healing


I'm new to this so hopefully I am posting in the correct place-

I had a suspicious mole removed from one of my breasts (still awaiting the biopsy results). The shave excision went pretty deep. It's been over 3 weeks and my breast wound has still not yet healed.

It was deep and dark red, for at least 2 weeks it had a thick white mucus covering it. At no point have I had any signs of infection whatsoever- the mucus did not drain excessively, and there was no redness, inflammation, warmth, or pain. Today I just discontinued the dressing (Aquaphor and a band-aid). It's lighter pink and looks 'drier' now that it's not under the band-aid but it is still sort of wet and has not scabbed.

The nurse said it would only be something like 5-10 days! I'm going on 4 weeks now and it's worrying me. My surrounding skin is all irritated and scathed from 3 entire weeks of being underneath a band-aid.

Just wondering if maybe anyone else has had a similar experience and hoping this is normal so I can breathe easy.

PS- I had another shave done on a leaner part of my skin at the same time which has already healed just fine.

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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Re: Deep Mole Shave Having Issues Healing

I'm rather surprised your doctor elected to do a shave biopsy for this. I'm guessing s/he had reasons for doing this, but typically if there needs to be a good deal of skin taken, a punch biopsy is taken. It does require numbing (a mild local shot), and a stitch or two, but the healing time is minimal and the scarring is usually far less than a shave.

I do believe that skin left covered, as under a bandaid, will not heal as quickly as skin left to the open air. So, your wound might heal up now that it is uncovered. However, 3 weeks is a bit disconcerting, and I don't blame you for questioning this. If this were me, I think I would be calling the doctor's office and asking to be seen to have things checked out. Also, 3 weeks seems like a long time for biopsy results. I think the average is about 2 weeks. I think you might want to check up on this.

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