The Infamous Face Mole
When I was a little girl, I had the cutest small black dot at the bottom of my right jaw and another one on the top fold of my right ear. I can recall many people telling me how cute they were and to my surprise, I begin noticing actors and famous models with beautiful black dots positioned on their faces. As I grew older, I learned the beautiful black dots that adorned my face were better known as moles or some would call them Beauty Marks. I would notice they had the perfect round shape and just enough depth to it, that I can feel it when I run my finger over it.
When I was a teenager, I loved my moles and they positioned themselves perfectly for my senior prom and my graduation pictures. I noticed many of my older family members had moles adorning their faces, chess and neck. I begin to question if their moles were the same as mine and if my moles would one day become their moles. I was twenty five when I had my daughter and I started to notice my moles were maturing and expanding over my face; very similar to my older relatives. Although the moles were expanding, they looked much like freckles then moles considering they had very little depth to them. I was fine with the freckle spot face that was easy to cover with foundation or cover up. Fast forward to the age of thirty five, my beautiful beauty marks became much like black chocolate chips on top of my skin. I was agitated by their quick growth and felt totally insecure. I knew the moles were growing at a rapid rate and I needed to learn what actions I can take to help gain some confidence back in my skin. Considering that my skin moles were hereditary, many of my family members were familiar with the mole removal process and shared resources based on their own experiences. After many weeks of researching the right dermatologist to attend, I discovered one; made the appointment and scheduled a date to remove the moles from my face. I will never forget arriving at the doctor office totally unprepared for what the surgery entailed; honestly, I have a short tolerance for pain and although the surgery was successful, the process was brutal and abrasive. After an astronomical fee of $500.00 per side of my face (yes, $1000) I was now mole free and looked very much like a bumble bee had stung me. The recovery time was two weeks and I was told the moles would return a few years later and the surgery would need to be done again. I was happy for now!!
Now I am forty nine years old and it’s that time of my life to have the moles removed once more. I had changed dermatologist to one of the best African American doctors in Ohio and it was in this relationship I learned the simplicity of the process and will forever value her expertise with my face and skin. Her name is Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham located at 500 E. Main Street, suite 310a Columbus, Ohio 43215. I have been a patient of Dr. Graham for several years and each time I visit, I am amazed with her staff professionalism and their knowledge of skin care and allergies. I had the laser mole removal process done in her office last week and was done with the procedure within a half hour and my face had black scars that would fall off within a week after the procedure. Although the process is not so attractive, the process has been very minimal, simple and very painless. I would recommend Dr. Graham to any person looking for a dermatologist with professional experience and confidence to correct any skin issue. I had no pain after the procedure and my skin has a youthful glow that I’m so proud of.
Tune in next week as I will share my story about BOTOX. Did I get it?