Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Avogadro day is coming!

There's a smidgen of a light scar on my left forearm.  It's the site where a mole once lived.  Several years ago, about the time Wolfgang was born, the mole had noticeably grown and changed in color.  I asked my obstetrician about it, and she in turn sent me to a dermatologist, who in turn removed the mole.

It was a quick and tidy process, much like uncorking a wine bottle, except I'd say that uncorking a wine bottle takes longer.

I'd also asked about another mole that had grown and changed in color.  That one was on my nose.  My obstetrician told me that moles on the face are removed by plastic surgeons rather than dermatologists.  I never followed up on that, but was reminded of it when I read Anita's latest blog post.

My nose mole is still there.  I don't think about it much, but it has evolved over time.  Some of that, I suspect, is because my nose has "evolved".  The mole used to be smaller and darker.  Now, it's larger, but very light in color.

And I'm not really concerned about it anymore.  If it was going to kill me, I'm thinking it would've done so by now.

Anita's post reminded me of the nose mole and cosmetic surgery in general.   I would go under the knife if I felt the mole was a threat.  Genetically, I'm at low risk for skin cancer, but geographically, I'm at high risk.  But I'm much better at protecting my skin these days than I was when I was younger.  Like I said, the mole hasn't killed me yet, it's probably not going to.

I think cosmetic surgery is a good thing in the cases of reconstruction after mastectomies or severe burns, etc.  In general, however, it's not for me, but I don't have a problem with others who feel they "need" it.  I, for one, like a bit of "imperfection" in a person's appearance.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that.

And besides, aren't facial moles referred to as "beauty marks"?


Even those on the nose?

Screw it, I think I'm still keeping it.  I don't feel like having my nose uncorked.


LL Cool Joe said...

I've had 2 moles removed on my neck. I also have 3 small ones on my face. They do bother me visually but I was told the scar that is left after the mole is removed could look a lot worse than the mole itself, so I just live with them. I worry about the sun a little, not here in the UK but when we are in the States.

Abby said...

When we moved from Colorado to upstate New York several years ago, one of the first things I noticed (other than the constant overcast skies) was how smooth people's skin was. It still surprises me to see people out sunbathing here in Colorado. I know some women younger than I am who look like old boots.

Anonymous said...

I, too, like the little imperfections. NOW. When I was a teen, I hated every one of them. My daughter wants to fix the gap between her front teeth, and I'm trying to help her see that the gap makes her who she is, and that it adds to her beauty. I hope one day she sees it for herself.
And I was a sunbathing queen while in high school. I'm at the age now that any damage from that will show up. Oh why didn't I listen to my mom?

terri said...

I have a mole on the side of my nose too. It used to really bother me, but now if I ever mention it, most people look closer and say, "Oh, I never noticed that!" It's a deep one and I was told that it was harmless and removing it would leave a BIG mark. So mine stays.

Abby said...

Nobody around here has asked to get anything fixed. Boys.
And OMG, when I think of the hours spent baking in the sun for the sole purpose of baking in the sun - back in the days of "sunscreen??" Mom AND Dad were so right, but I never listened either!

Abby said...

Hey, nose mole sister! I've had mine for so long now, I wouldn't recognize my nose without it.

Anita said...

Got me with that last pic! I didn't see it with Cindy, Angelina, and uh, can't remember the other one's name. Then scrolled further to see another beauty and it was another of your nose mole sisters. The green isn't quite working for her.

It seems that you're not bothered by your mole, but isn't it interesting how something can prompt us to visit what was a non-issue, making it an issue. Though it sounds like the mole is back to a non-issue for you.

If it's ever a necessity to remove it, a plastic surgeon will be glad to get a little business. My doctor recommended the plastic surgeon over the dermatologist, too, to remove my little patch that was in a smile crease under my eye. I thought the initial hole would be a permanent dent, but it has smoothed out.

Thanks for adding to the cosmetic surgery conversation!

ps. Of course I had to Google Avogadro. :)

Abby said...

I remember obsessing over the mole when I was younger - like middle school. I got over it when I broke my front teeth.

Glad your patch has smoothed out, I imagine it was uncomfortable for a while?

So, how are you going to celebrate Avogadro day? :)

Rock Chef said...

Most people don't notice imperfections. Our older daughter had a strange little bobble on her hear - she almost always wore her hair back, with the ear in plain view, but no one ever noticed.

Abby said...

I think you're right. Unless something is a huge disfigurement, it's just "variety".

LL Cool Joe said...

I have to admit I do sunbathe, I know i shouldn't but I always use cream, but we have so little sun here in the UK I feel I actually need some. But when I get to AZ I do sunbathe every day. I suppose I'll look like an old boot soon too!