Removal of moles in summer: is it dangerous?
In this article, we will dispel the popular misconception that due to UV rays, melanoma or skin cancer can develop at the site of a removed nevus (mole).
Ultraviolet light and removal of moles
What kind of "terrible danger" is exposed to a person who substitutes the place of removal of a birthmark to the sun? In fact, everything is not so scary here.
According to research data, exposure to sunlight at the site of any surgery or skin injury increases the chance of scar formation and no more. In other words, the only thing a person risks by getting under the sun after removing a mole is to get a scar. There is no risk of developing melanoma and skin cancer at the site of mole removal when exposed to the sun.
Is it possible to remove a mole in the summer? Yes, but only if you are sure that you can:
- cover the removal site with clothing for 2 months;
- in extreme cases, apply SPF-50 sunscreen.
These measures will minimize the possibility of scar development at the removal site. You probably already have a question – what about if there is a mole on your face? Read below.
Which moles are better not to remove in the summer?
Just the ones that are located on the face*. Going on vacation with your face covered or with a thick layer of sunscreen is an unattractive prospect. It cannot be said that this task is impossible, but why complicate your rest?
That is why we recommend postponing the removal of a mole on the face until autumn. By the way, nothing will prevent you from saving time and nerves and, together with the removal of nevus on the face, conduct a full examination of all moles after the summer.
*We are talking only about those nevi that the doctor recognized as harmless, but for aesthetic or other reasons they interfere with you. If the doctor suspects skin cancer or melanoma in the mole, then removal must be carried out immediately - your life will depend on it.
1) Monstrey S, Middelkoop E, Vranckx JJ, Bassetto F, Ziegler UE, Meaume S, Téot L. Updated scar management practical guidelines: non-invasive and invasive measures. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Aug; 67(8): 1017-25. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2014.04.011. Epub 2014 May 14. Review.