Many individuals believe that moles are unsightly appearance. These are skin imperfections that are a nuisance, a hindrance, to achieving a perfectly good-looking and flawless skin. As such people will go to great lengths of having them removed. From surgery to natural mole removal remedies to scarless mole removal techniques, man has continuously pushed the envelope of discovery in search of the most effective way to remove moles.
But is it at all possible to remove moles without leaving any scars behind? Before you start answering, you need to beef up on your knowledge of moles first.
The Physiology of Moles
You know pretty well that moles are often more prevalent among youngsters. While there are adults and older people who have them, these moles were already present when they were still in their teens and 20s.
There are two types of moles. One is caused by a genetic fluke that allowed the proliferation of melanocytes during embryonic development. In the first three months of pregnancy, the different organs of the body are slowly being formed. Building blocks of protein stack up on one another to build and grow organs. Unfortunately, some cells receive slightly different messages or they interpret the correct messages in the wrong way. Whatever the mechanism of this ‘miscommunication’ is still poorly understood. What is clear however is that the melanocytes are no longer spread out. What happens is that melanocytes tend to clump together to form what are now known as moles.
The other type of mole is the one that you can acquire throughout your life. As the melanocytes that formed during embryonic development are already permanently in place, sometimes they can be affected by a host of biologic and environmental factors that can lead to the formation and development of moles. While the exact mechanism is still very much debatable, experts believe that hormonal changes in pregnancy as well as diabetes can contribute to the formation of moles. However, one great factor in mole development is prolonged UV exposure.
Why Moles Need to be Removed
Many individuals seek mole removal purely for aesthetic reasons. It does not look good on the skin. And anything that is not good on the skin will be a setback to achieving self-confidence and self-esteem.
Unfortunately, healthcare experts believe moles need to be removed for an entirely different purpose. Moles need to be removed in order to see whether it is cancerous or not. And this is where the dilemma between scarless and non-scarless mole removal methods actually lie. Scarless mole removal will almost always refer to the laser type of mole removal while surgical methods will be those on the opposite side of the range.
Is Scarless Removal of Moles Possible?
The short answer to this question is ‘yes’, it is very possible. The recommended answer, however, is that it should not be done. Why?
If the moles to be removed are non-cancerous, then going for a scarless mole removal – laser treatments – will be very much the best option. Laser mole removal techniques use pulses of intense light to disintegrate the mole. The melanocytes present inside the mole tissue are effectively destroyed and are reabsorbed into the body. Because light is used, there will be no visible marks of the skin being cut open; hence, no scar will develop.
However, many experts argue that there will always be some form of discoloration on the laser treated area. This is because intense light will always generate heat. And when there is heat, it will always damage the superficial skin surfaces. This creates a loss of integrity of the skin. While it may not be the scar that you know, it is nonetheless considered a lesion by the healthcare community.
With more and more people opting for laser mole removal than any other method, it is a wonder why the medical community is advising against it.
The simple fact is that this argument lies in the unknown nature of the mole. Again, if the mole is non-cancerous, then scarless removal techniques are great. However, how do you know that it is non-cancerous if you have already destroyed every bit of tissue that can be sent to the histology lab for analysis? Sure, you can say that you have the mole removed already so that frees you from the threat of skin cancer. But, what if it has already metastasized to other organs even before you had it destroyed by laser treatment? Metastatic growth occur when cancer cells from one part of the body migrates or travels to other parts of the body.
Now, with the mole completely destroyed, how will you know it is not cancerous and that it has not yet metastasized to other parts of your body?
This is the question that all doctors pose whenever they are faced with someone seeking advice regarding laser mole removal. If you believe that your mole is non-cancerous and would like to have flawless skin without worrying about the possibility of scar development, then laser treatment is best for you. If you are not sure if your mole is cancerous or not and would like very much to obtain peace of mind, then have it checked first by surgical means.
Is mole removal without scarring possible? Yes, it is very possible. Would doctors recommend it? Unfortunately, no.
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