The Case of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Missing Mole: How You Too Can Achieve this through Mole Removal in Singapore
Sarah Jessica Parker is probably most famous for starring in HBO’s sultry drama Sex and the City, and a lot of fans remember her for the distinctive mole on her chin, which was one of her most recognizable features. I say so because, in 2008, Sarah’s famous mole mysteriously disappeared when she was seen again in public. Of course, cosmetic experts know exactly what happened – she had her mole removed through a cosmetic procedure. Now the only mystery left is why she did it – but that’s something to talk about for another time.
A lot of men and women also desire to undergo mole removal in Singapore because of how their moles affect their physical appearance or for health reasons. It’s a good thing then that there are many aesthetic clinics in Singapore that offer this service, including 1Aesthetics. To help you decide whether or not to undergo the procedure, we’ve prepared a short but sweet guide on mole removal:
Classifying Your Mole: Use the ABCDE Rule
There are moles that look normal, and there are those that you should get checked. One simple way of determining if and when your mole is potentially dangerous is by using the so-called ABCDE rule of classification. Basically, you should check the following properties of your mole:
- Asymmetry – a normal-looking mole should be symmetric in appearance – in other words, you can draw an imaginary line that will divide your mole into two equally-shaped halves. If your mole is asymmetric, it could be a cause for concern.
- Border – your moles should have a clear and even outline or border, i.e., there’s a visible divide between your mole and your normal skin. If your mole looks like it “fades” into your skin or if it has an uneven border, then it might be potentially harmful.
- Colour – Moles are usually a single, solid colour. If one of your moles have different colours, you should have it checked by a specialist.
- Diameter – Normally, moles have a diameter of at most 6mm. If you have a mole that is abnormally large, it might be a sign of a more serious condition.
- Evolving – Moles when they’ve fully developed usually preserve their appearance and size for your lifetime. If, however, your mole undergoes constant changes in shape, color or size, you should consider seeing a doctor to have it removed.
Among these features, the ones you should be most concerned about is if your mole changes in colour, increases in size or if it suddenly starts bleeding. It might be a sign of skin cancer or some other underlying condition. If you think that a mole is a cause for concern, you can take pictures of it over a period of time to determine if it undergoes changes. These pictures may also be a great help for a specialist examining your case.
Consultation with a Specialist
So, you’ve examined your mole and determined that it may be a cause for concern. Your next logical step to take is to have it examined by a skin specialist to determine if it is cancerous or not. A dermatologist should be able to determine whether or not your mole is dangerous, and he/she will then make a decision if you need to undergo a mole removal procedure.
Mole Removal Options
Once you or your dermatologist has recommended having your mole removed, it’s now time for you to think of your different options. There are two main ways to perform the mole removal – shave biopsy or excision biopsy.
In shave biopsy, the mole is removed by cutting it off at the surface of the skin. Only the skin surface is operated in this procedure, and the underlying layers are left untouched. This is a great procedure for removing moles that stick out on the skin’s surface. The downside of this method is that it is not at all effective in removing moles that are deep in the skin’s layers. Also, there is a chance that your mole may recur, especially if the source of its growth is located under the skin. However, shave biopsy has a faster recovery and there is little to no scarring at all.
The other option is excision biopsy, which is a much more invasive procedure as it involves penetrating the underlying skin layers. This is usually your only option if the mole is located deep in the skin, which shaving cannot remove. Excision biopsy usually leaves a scar after treatment, but the good thing about it is that it completely removes the mole. This means that there is very little risk that the mole will recur.
If you want to opt for a non-surgical procedure, 1Aesthetics also offer Ultrapulse CO2 laser mole removal and radiofrequency ablation for mole removal, two advanced methods that reduce the downtime and chance of further scarring.
Ultrapulse CO2 laser works by vaporizing the abnormal layer of tissue cells without causing damage to the surrounding unaffected tissues while radiofrequency ablation for mole removal uses high frequency radiofrequency to vaporize or coagulate the mole cells. In some cases, insulated microneedles can also be used to destroy the cells of moles that are buried deep into the skin layers.
Whether you’re having your mole removed for aesthetic or medical reasons, aesthetic clinics in Singapore offer mole removal procedures that are safe and are performed by the most experienced doctors. Make sure that you choose one that is both trusted by the community and has the experience and training to back it up.
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