Moles can be troublesome. Even once you’ve confirmed that they aren’t medically dangerous, moles can lead to poor self-image if they affect our appearance, or even be uncomfortable if they are located in an area easily irritated by clothing. Should you consider cosmetic mole removal?
- What is a Mole?
- The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that almost every person has at least one mole. A mole is an area of skin with a higher number of melanocytes, the skin cells that form pigment. The pigment is melanin, which gives our skin its unique color. With so many melanocytes grouped together, they form excess pigment and appear darker.
- Are Moles Dangerous?
- All moles look different. They can be raised or flat, dark or light or have a smooth or jagged edge. You shouldn’t worry about every mole, but it’s best to have them examined by a dermatologist or have a biopsy on any moles that change quickly or look suspicious. Certain types of moles may be susceptible to, or an indication of, skin cancer.
- It’s Not Cancerous. Now What?
- Once you’ve proven that the mole isn’t dangerous, you can decide how you’d like to address it. If the mole is hidden when you’re clothed or you don’t mind its appearance, then you may choose to leave it alone. However, if the mole is in an area agitated by clothing, such as the strap of a bra, or is in a location that affects your appearance, you may want to consider cosmetic mole removal.
- How Are Moles Removed?
- During traditional surgical mole removal, your skin is thoroughly numbed and the mole is removed with a scalpel. The area will be treated and covered to heal with minimal scaring that will fade over time. Laser mole removal is also an option in most cases. A laser breaks down the skin cells that comprise the mole. It will gradually become smaller and lighter until it fades completely.
- Do Moles Grow Back?
- If any melanocyte cells are left behind after the mole removal, they will likely replicate and grow into a full-sized mole again. A trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon understands the procedure well and will work to ensure that all melanocyte cells are removed during the traditional or laser removal process.
Cosmetic mole removal is a straightforward procedure that can be done in just a few minutes at the office. Call our office at (404) 963-6665 today to schedule your consultation with the mole removal experts at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery.
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