purely cosmetic


You see these moles on my face? They are called dermatosis papulosa nigra and I want them removed. They are fairly common in people with dark skin, and are harmless/benign. There is usually no medical reason to have them removed, but according to wikipedia, they “may be cosmetically undesirable to some patients”. My mother, who has yellow undertones in her skin has them. My grandmother, who has darker skin, does not. I don’t know anyone who’s ever had them removed though.

I’ve been thinking about cosmetic dermatology quite a bit in the last few weeks. I like my face and don’t necessarily have low self esteem, but the idea of “improving” my looks, having an even complexion and using less concealer excites me. Call me superficial if you like, I don’t mind. I think it’d be easy to say that I’m slowly becoming sucked into the stereotypical southern California beauty standards, but that wouldn’t be accurate because I’ve was still thinking about my face when I lived in WA and in MN. This year it will probably happen though. Those moles have got to go!

I’m on the fence about many things but cosmetic dermatology (lasers, chemical peels, facials, microdermabrasion, etc.) isn’t one of them. And technically, I’m not 100% sure I’m “against” plastic surgery either. Several of the youtubers I subscribe to have documented their boob jobs, nose jobs, tummy tucks, lip fillers and something involving moving a hairline so her forehead would look smaller. All of these women were beautiful and happy before, but after the scars healed they were more confident. I like that. I know it’s not for everyone, and it’s ok if it’s not for you. Everyone gets to be in charge of their own body.  Some people dye their hair, some people pierce their septum, some people tattoo their skin, some people have their moles removed. Purely cosmetic.



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