Moles are growths on the skin that are brown or black in colour. They are caused by collections of melanocytes (cells that produce melanin in the skin and are responsible for pigmentation). They appear from birth or at anytime in the first 30 years of a person’s life. They can appear after sun exposure or after pregnancy. If a mole is changing in shape, size and colour or if it itches and bleeds, it may be a sign of something more sinister. Most moles, however, are not dangerous and can be removed easily.*
How to tell if a mole is dangerous?
A – Is there Asymmetry in the mole?
B – Is the Border of the mole irregular?
C – Is there a change in Colour of the mole or more than 1 shade/hue in a single mole?
D – Is the diameter of the mole more than 5mm?
E – Is the mole Evolving or Elevated above skin surface?
Removal of Moles
There are essentially 2 methods of mole removal.
In the first and easier method, the mole is simply zapped off with a laser knife. This can be done if the moles are small, multiple and are likely to be benign, which means histology is not necessary. This method leaves less scarring and downtime, and is the preferred method if all preceding conditions of the moles are met.*
The second method requires excision of the mole entirely before sending for histology, which tells whether the mole is benign or not. It is the method of choice if the mole looks suspicious or if you are anxious to be sure that it is indeed not cancer. This method, however, can be slightly more painful and potentially leaves a linear scar behind.*
*Note: As this is a medical procedure, results & outcomes are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.
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