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Improving Your Skin

A few months ago, I realized that there were some big time issues with my skin. I was always breaking out, I felt like I was always dealing with dry skin, and I felt like my complexion was perpetually spotty. Fortunately, a friend of mine recommended a great dermatologist who really understood what I was up against. We met about once every few weeks for the first month or so, and then we transitioned into more of a maintenance routine. Now, I honestly feel like I have the best skin of my life, and it is all thanks to my dermatology team. This blog is all about improving your skin.

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Mole removal is a procedure in which a mole, either cancerous or benign, is removed. The skin cells below may also need to be removed in order to remove all of the mole and any cancerous cells. This is a procedure that can be more evasive depending on how large the mole is and how many cancerous cells there are. You may even have to go back a few times to ensure all of the cancerous cells are removed. If you are going to have a mole removed, you may want to know what all is involved in this procedure. Read on for some helpful information.

You Are Numbed Locally

You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area where the mole will be removed. This is given with an injection in the site of the mole, which may feel like a slight pinch or a bit uncomfortable. Once the anesthetic sets in, the procedure can begin. The dermatologist will check to be sure you are numb before the procedure begins. Be sure to report if you feel anything at all, in the event you need more anesthetic.

The Mole Is Shaved Off

The mold is shaved off with a sharp scalpel. It is removed and is usually shaved to the skin below so it's even with the rest of your skin. You will more than likely be left with a scar, but it will fade with time. Monitor the area to see if the mole returns or if you have a raised area that may need to be monitored. The area will heal, and no stitches should be necessary unless the dermatologist needs to cut deeper into your skin.

The Cells Are Tested

If there are not any cancerous cells, the dermatologist will just monitor the area. If there are cancerous cells, the skin below the mole will also need to be scraped to ensure there aren't any more cancerous cells in the skin below. If there are cancerous cells still in the skin, more cells will need to be removed. This will be done until they are all removed. If too much skin is being scraped, your dermatologist may suggest chemotherapy or radiation in order to get rid of the cancerous cells.

If you are going to the dermatologist about a mole that needs to be removed, discuss your options and the procedure so you can prepare yourself. For more info, contact a dermatologist near you.