I am not really conscious about appearances. I am not like those people who would go to great lengths to whiten their skin with a variety of commercially-available skin whitening and skin rejuvenation products. Don’t get me wrong but I do put on my makeup, a dab of lip gloss, and a blush-on when I go to work simply because I had to look professional in my line of work. But, if there is one thing that has been bugging me all these years, then that would have to be my moles.
Yes, moles. I have plenty of them on my face then I noticed some growing on other parts of my body especially on those exposed to the sun. I have grown quite worried that these are no longer ordinary moles. I have been contemplating on seeking the advice of a mole removal Sydney expert but was not quite sure how it would turn out. I was afraid that I’d get the news that it is cancerous or something.
I know of some people performing very painful mole removal such as scraping the mole themselves with a very sharp object. I have also heard of individuals who use so-called natural remedies that act by drying out the mole until they literally fall off. I guess this is going to be effective if the mole were large and protruding from the skin. But what if the mole was flat and quite small, will these methods of mole removal really work?
Well, to answer my questions and help relieve my anxieties, I decided to visit a dermatology clinic that specializes in mole removal. I knew I had to find and learn the truth before I decide on whether to have them removed or just leave them be.
I learned that moles are not necessarily harmful because many are benign overgrowths caused by a defect in the distribution of melanocytes during the critical period of embryonic development – that period of time when all of the tissues and organs are being formed inside the mother’s womb. It turns out that instead of being distributed evenly across the body, some of these cells clumped together in certain parts of the body. This clumping is what we see as moles.
The dermatologist I had a chat with told me that there are essentially two types of moles – one that we are born with and those that develop during our lifetimes. Unfortunately I have both. She also said that moles that we are born with have a higher tendency of becoming a malignant melanoma. I also learned that acquired moles can be as cancerous as their congenital counterparts especially if it is of the dysplastic type. Explaining further, the dermatologist said that any abnormal change in the way a mole looks is often a sign that it could already be developing into a cancerous form of mole.
That really got me quite relieved since I haven’t noticed any change in my moles. If there is one thing I noticed, it is in the number of moles I now have. She explained that acquired moles can be brought about by the hormonal changes that occur in pregnancy as well as those who are diabetics. Additionally, it can be brought about by excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. And that’s when it hit me. I loved going to the beach and I never really believed in applying sunscreen products.
So now comes the hard part. How do I get my moles removed? The dermatologist said I can choose between surgery and laser. Surgical mole removal is typically indicated in moles that are large, with irregular borders, and are raised. Laser mole removal is usually indicated in moles that are small and flat. I knew I can opt for laser mole removal but I was concerned about having cancer. You see, if I choose laser mole removal, the entire mole will be destroyed and I will never know if I have a cancerous type of mole or not. The only way for doctors to know if my mole is cancerous or not is if they can obtain a tissue from my mole and have it examined in the laboratory. Doctors need to know if it is cancerous so that they will also know what to do next.
I know a lot of people think of laser mole removal as the safest and most effective way of removing moles. But I am really deeply concerned about having cancer so I opted for a surgical method of removing my moles. It was not really painful perhaps because my moles were small. Tissue samples were sent to the laboratory for careful examination which came out negative.
Now I can start living without having to worry whether or not I already have melanoma developing on my skin. Mole removal should not only be about removing moles as nuisance. Moles should also be understood for their cancerous potential.