Taking Care Of An Unsightly Mole


Many people want their appearance to be as attractive as possible. If a mole is making you uncomfortable with your looks, then having the mole removed could be a great option. There are many different at-home remedies available for mole removal, but it's always best to have a dermatologist remove any moles you want to get rid of in order to avoid potential complications.

Here are three things that you need to keep in mind as you attempt to take care of an unsightly mole in the near future.

1. Schedule an appointment with a skilled dermatologist.

Anytime you break the seal of your skin, you run the risk of being left with a permanent scar. A dermatologist with experience and skill when it comes to removing moles will be able to eliminate your mole with minimal scarring. This is important, especially if your mole is located on your face, arms, or legs, where the scar could be highly visible.

Be sure to ask your doctor or general dermatologist for a recommendation when trying to find a specialist who can remove your mole without leaving behind a noticeable scar.

2. Always ask to have a removed mole sent in for a biopsy.

While most moles are simply a cluster of pigmented cells that cause discoloration on the skin, some moles could harbor dangerous cancer cells within them. Since skin cancer is something that should be taken very seriously, you should rule out the threat of cancer by having any mole you removed sent in for a biopsy.

Your dermatologist will be able to conduct a visual examination to look for signs of melanoma in your mole like irregular shape or an undefined border, but only a biopsy can definitively rule out the presence of cancer cells.

3. Take the time to care for the area properly after a mole is removed.

Following your dermatologist's recommendations for follow-up care is critical when it comes to determining the success of your mole removal. While your dermatologist can do his or her part to ensure that the surgical excision of a mole leaves no visible scar, discoloration can occur if the area from which the mole was removed isn't cared for properly.

Keep the area covered to prevent infection, and avoid exposing the area to direct sunlight while the skin's cells are regenerating to heal the incision.

Being able to get rid of an unsightly mole will help you feel better about your appearance in the future. Make sure your mole-removal procedure is effective by working with a specialty dermatologist to avoid scarring, sending the mole in for a biopsy to rule out cancer, and caring for the incision properly as it heals to avoid discoloration.


22 March 2017

Never Ignore an Unusual Skin Change

When I was a teenager, I loved sunbathing to keep a golden tan. My family had no history of skin cancer, so I thought my skin was "invincible" to sun damage. Years later, as an adult, I noticed an unusual patch of skin on my arm. I had no idea what it was, but thankfully, I made an appointment with my GP to get it checked out. She referred me to a dermatologist who diagnosed me with very early stage skin cancer that could be treatable with a simple cream. I was very lucky that the cream worked, but if I had waited to visit the dermatologist until my skin cancer was more advanced, I would have had to have surgery to remove it. I decided to start a blog to share my story and post tips about skin health. Please come back often and learn more about skin!