Moles appear as growths on the skin with a range in colour. They are generally medium to dark brown but can also be skin-coloured or black. In terms of shape, some moles are raised, and most are flat. They can appear in groups or individually in most cases.
Moles appear as growths on the skin with a range in colour. They are generally medium to dark brown but can also be skin-coloured or black. In terms of shape, some moles raised, and most are flat. They can appear in groups or individually in most cases.
What causes Moles?
Most moles develop during childhood and young adulthood. They are less likely to form after the age of 25. The occurrence of moles is the result of cells within the skin grow in clusters rather than being spread out over the skin’s surface. These cells, known as melanocytes, are responsible for giving your skin a natural tone. Extensive sun exposure can result in the darkening of existing moles, particularly during the teenage years and pregnancy.
Are they Cancerous?
In most cases, moles are not dangerous. Signs to look for include observing moles that look different compared to others on your body. When a mole evolves too quickly there is less chance of them being benign and so should be analysed by a professional. If there are changes in existing moles’ colours, shapes or size, please speak with a specialist or doctor to evaluate them. Other warning signs to keep an eye out for include any discharge from a mole such as blood, pus, or even finding that certain moles become itchy or tender to the touch.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most people have between 10-40 moles by the time they reach adulthood.
Surgical vs. Laser Mole Removal
Surgical removal involves the use of a scalpel to break into or cut out the area of concern. Because of the nature of the procedure, this can cause some bleeding and afterwards may require stitches. This can then develop into a small scar on the affected area.
In contrast, removing moles uses laser to target the mole cells and ablate the tissue. This method is relatively simpler and causes no bleeding. With this said, laser removal is more ideal because it involves no stitches and a faster healing time.
If you are unsure with any lesions on your skin, please speak to our laser specialists and medical doctor at Cosmetic Medical Clinic.