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Removing a mole

Date Added: June 01, 2010 10:25:29 AM
Although some moles are a risk to health, others are simply unsightly having the name of beauty ... Discover different methods to remove and return a smooth or almost!

While motivations vary (risk of melanoma, irritation, discomfort aesthetic ...), remove a mole should not be done lightly. Follow the guide.

Skin Moles: those to monitor

Remove a grain of beautéCertains moles can develop into melanoma (skin cancer) and are closely monitored. In general, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist once a year for a visit. This will check all areas of your body including the feet and hands that can be hazardous areas.

You should be particularly careful when your moles are very dark, when two colors as their size changes suddenly or if the moles were traumatized beatings, bleeding, shaving ... Finally, fair skin are more likely than others to the risk of melanoma as those who had a family history (skin cancer).

Moles: those we complexed

Having a mole can cause a bad situation complex or simply an embarrassment. It is then possible to make out the skin mole unsightly. "In any case, it is recommended to analyze the moles removed because even if they do not seem dangerous to the naked eye, they can surprise on the negative when analyzed by the laboratory," says Dr. Francis Lecointre, plastic surgeon. A council, think about getting your moles analyzed by a laboratory specializing in dermatology.

Dermatologist or plastic surgeon?

The first speaker is the dermatologist who will remove himself annoying mole or refer the patient to a plastic surgeon. "This is not a question of competence, a dermatologist can easily remove a mole. But some prefer to refer the patient to a plastic surgeon in particular because of the strict hygiene standards imposed in a firm local anesthesia, "continues Dr Lecointre.

Which technique to choose to remove a mole?

The most widely known is the simple excision using a scalpel under local anesthesia. The dentist will remove the entire mole and make deep sutures with absorbable son and superficial stitches removed one week after the operation. The scar is generally a little longer than the diameter of the mole itself but can virtually disappear over time.

The second method is known as "shaving". The mole is shaved surface using a scalpel blade after local anesthesia, but it is not removed completely and can grow in some cases. This method is practiced on moles without risk but is not recommended for large moles (> 1 cm in diameter) because the scar may form a hollow. For other cases, the shaving will leave minimal scarring, or no scar at all.

Finally, the moles can be laser burned in less than one minute but can no longer be analyzed in the laboratory. This technique is therefore restricted to moles that present no risk to the naked eye.

Moles: variable healing

"We are not all equal when it comes to healing. Young people under 15 years, for instance, heal less well than those over age 60 because their skin is tighter," said Dr. Lecointre. Similarly, certain areas of the body heal better than others: the face, arms and legs, for example. Instead, back, sternum, chest and shoulder leaving more traces in general.

Finally, remember that the operation is done under local anesthesia and is painless. As for the scar, it is fast (between 1 and 3 weeks) and will stabilize in a few months. In any case, remember to protect the latter with a sunscreen if you must be exposed to sunlight.

You can see a few mole pictures and images here to make a better picture of them.