I would like the moles/freckles on my arms removed, what's the best possible way to do so without scarring? (photos)
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True Nevi (Moles, Beauty Marks, Birth Marks) Are Best Removed By "Scalpel Sculpting"
Since even innocent and benign appearing moles (in contrast to true freckles) can potentially harbor malignant melanoma (a very serious form of skin cancer), and, as we have a world-wide epidemic of malignant melanoma, it is ill-advised to use any destructive method to remove them, be it laser, freezing, electrosurgery, electrocautery and acids, since none of these methods permits microscopic examination of the tissue to exclude the possibility of melanoma.
For more than thirty years, scalpel sculpting, therefore, is my treatment of choice for cosmetically removing true moles. This approach engenders only a negligible chance of leaving a scar while obtaining sufficient tissue to allow pathology lab confirmation of a mole's benign nature. For more information on scalpel sculpting, check out the archives of Realself.com.