Removing hair from raised moles on the face is usually easy and safe. But if the mole is removed, will that prevent the hair from growing back. It depends on how the mole’s removed.
I’ve explained why removing hair from facial moles is usually safe. But raised moles on the face are usually not desirable, and when they also have hair, if I tell you that some people call them “grandmother moles”, that should be enough to explain why people often have them removed.
So you would think that removing the mole should insure that the hair won’t grow back. Well… not exactly. You see, it depends on how it’s removed. For that to make sense, we have to go back to, “What is a mole with hair?” Moles with hairs, regardless of where they are on your body, are usually intradermal moles.
Intra means within and dermal means the second layer of skin...
...So intradermal moles are entirely in the dermis, the second layer of skin. The fact that it sticks up above the surface of your skin and is a bump...
...just means that there’s lots of mole tissue in the dermis pushing up the unaffected top layer, the epidermis, which is present even on top of the mole.
But check out where the hair roots are!
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There are two ways to remove the mole. The technique that gives the best cosmetic result is by simply using a scalpel blade to shave off the raised part of the mole. Yes… of course I use local anesthesia so it’s painless.
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This technique usually gives the best cosmetic result with no scar. But don’t forget where the hair follicles are located. If your hairs are growing from follicles here [HIGH]…
…above the cleavage level, then those hairs are gone and won’t come back. But if they’re down here...
...then after the skin heals, those hairs will continue to grow.
OK… so why not cut out the entire mole, even the part under the skin so all the hair roots are removed? Because to do that I need to cut out all the skin…
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[…down to here, the bottom of the hair roots, and sew up the two sides of the wound.]
Even with the best skill and technique, whether it’s done by a plastic surgeon or a cosmetic dermatologist, it can leave a scar.
So when it comes to having facial moles with hairs removed, do you really have to pick your poison: no scar but possible ongoing growth of hairs, or no more hairs, but a possible scar?
Not at all. Just get it removed the first way and if your hair continues to grow, then you can finally have those remaining hairs destroyed by laser or electrolysis.