Facial Mole Removal
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Most moles are harmless and don’t have to be removed but many people who have moles on the face feel they are unattractive and so for cosmetic reasons, do want them to be removed. Facial moles usually get more attention than moles elsewhere on the body. In the 1950s, a dark regular mole on the cheek was considered to be a very attractive attribute and girls would often pencil in their own facial mole. These were called beauty spots. Cindy Crawford (super model of the 90s) brought back the fashion with her signature mole on the face close to her mouth. This was the genuine item.
Moles are usually small, dark, skin growths that develop from pigment-producing cells in the skin but they can be flesh-colored or yellow-brown, they can be raised off the skin and very noticeable or they may contain dark hairs. Having hairs in a mole does not make it more dangerous. Special cells that contain the pigment melanin cause the brown color of most moles.
Everyone in the world usually has at least one mole and some people will have up to 40 or more all over their body. Only about 1% of people are born with moles as most moles develop during childhood. It is the moles that develop in adulthood that you have to be aware of and watch for any changes. It is easy to keep an eye on facial moles because we tend to examine our faces regularly in the mirror but it is those moles elsewhere that we can easily forget about. However they should be checked too. If you are at all concerned, go to your dermatologist for a full evaluation and screening. Such a screening will look over your entire body rather than ignore areas that you may not be able to inspect regularly. However, most moles including moles on the face are harmless. The risk of any mole developing into melanoma is small – about one case in 200 000.
If you consider your moles on the face to be unattractive, then think about treating the symptoms of moles.
There are various ways you can do this:
- A natural product applied topcially is an effective, gentle and safe way to treat the facial moles and moles anywhere on the body.
- Laser mole removal is a fairly new procedure which also provides an effective method of removal for small facial moles. There is slight discomfort with about a 70% success rate although there is a cost involved. It is not the method of choice for deep facial moles because the laser light does not penetrate deeply enough. Scarring is possible.
- Surgery can be carried out for the removal of facial moles either by excision followed by stitches or excision with cauterization to burn away the mole. There is some pain involved and the big drawback especially with facial moles is the risk of scarring. Each and every mole symptom treatment may result in a scar.
After surgery for facial moles, follow your dermatologist’s after care instructions. Since scars are often most apparent on facial skin, it is important to care for the area well following your facial mole removal. Keep the area clean and free from bacterial, make up and sweat. Keep your face out of the sun during this healing period as the skin will be significantly more vulnerable to the sun’s rays. However, you still need your dose of vitamin D from sunlight but this can be through other parts of your body for a few minutes each day.