In an increasingly gender-neutral society, we are seeing more overlap in terms of what men and women opt for when they are considering body tweaking. Over the past decade, there has been a marked increase in men enquiring about procedures that previously only women considered, but greater social acceptance and greater availability of treatments and procedures means that there are more and more options for men nowadays.
Interestingly, men are now releasing the benefits – both cosmetic and health-related – of having moles or skin lesions removed.
Cosmetic benefits of mole removal surgery
From a purely cosmetic procedure, it is clear to see why women may have been more interested in having moles removed. The NHS states that ‘moles are often a brownish colour, although some may be darker or skin-coloured. They can be flat or raised, smooth or rough, and some have hair growing from them. Moles are usually circular or oval with a smooth edge.’
If you have an unsightly mole in an area where it can be seen, there is no wonder women may wish to have it removed, but there is no reason why men shouldn’t do the same. If men have moles on their face or neck, from a practical perspective these could make shaving more challenging, and they may find that hair growing on or around the mole is a different colour or texture to the rest of their facial hair.
As with women, removing moles from areas of the body that are exposed in the summer, for example, the chest, back or shoulders, can also greatly improve confidence and self-esteem.
Health benefits of mole removal surgery
We mustn’t overlook the most important reason a mole should be removed, and that is to reduce the risk of the mole developing skin cancer. Remember it is extremely important to know your moles and to keep an eye on their size and shape. If a new mole appears or an existing mole changes shape, colour or texture, then it is important to get this checked out.
If you check a mole and there is no cancerous risk, that does not mean you can’t or shouldn’t get it removed for peace of mind. Consultants such as Mr Alan Park can arrange to have moles removed, whatever your incentive or motivation might be. With moles, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Also, the simplicity of the procedure means that if you’re motivated to remove a mole purely for aesthetic reasons, there is no harm at all in having this done, and whether you’re male or female, you’re in good company.