Most people are not born with moles, but they only start to appear as small pigmented spots during childhood. And it is absolutely normal for adults to have between 10 to 30 moles.
While most moles are non-cancerous or benign, they can gradually change. Typical moles with irregular shapes, uneven colours, or larger than usual size can be more than just a cosmetic issue. These moles can indicate the chances of having melanoma which is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.
If you notice a new mole after the age of 30 or if your existing mole has changed in appearance, it’s time to get in touch with your skin expert to determine whether the mole is malignant or not. Early diagnosis and treatment can help treat more than 99% of all skin cancer.
At Clinic Dermatech, with locations around the country, our team of experts offers professional diagnosis and treatment of skin moles. Whether it is just a cosmetic concern or your mole is potentially malignant that requires deep evaluation, we can help treat them with laser mole removal treatment and offer you the best aftercare to help you heal.
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How to determine if your mole is healthy?
Moles that appear before the age of 30 as harmless skin lesions can be called common moles. All moles do not look alike. You may also have similar moles in different shapes, sizes, and colours. A common mole can be a flat, rough spot, or a smooth spot with a poorly defined border. It can also have raised but well-defined or flat features with irregular edges. Some of the common moles are usually smaller than 5 mm in width, which is about the size of a pencil eraser. Most common moles have the below-mentioned features:
➔ Oval or round
➔ Even coloured
➔ Constant appearance over time
Common moles usually appear in areas highly exposed to the sun. But sometimes, you may find them anywhere on your body, including the toes, scalp, and even under the nails. Common moles may grow hair, especially if they are on your arm or leg. Common moles are brown or tan, but sometimes they can also be black, pink, skin tone, blue and even colourless.
They may also remain the same, fade away, or change slowly over time. For that reason, it is best to keep a track of their appearance and ensure to avoid any problematic concerns.
What are the signs of problematic moles?
While most common moles are unproblematic, sometimes they can become unhealthy. It can happen with a mole that bleeds or changes its appearance rapidly. Itchy, painful, or tender moles can also be problematic. New moles can also be a sign of melanoma and can spread to other parts of your body such as your brain, lungs or liver.
Skin experts have established criteria to identify moles that could be cancerous. Here are a few ways in which you can determine your moles:
➔ Asymmetry: uneven shape and size
➔ Border: jagged, irregular or rough border
➔ Colour: may have a combination of colours
➔ Diameter: larger than a pencil eraser
➔ Evolution: changes in shape, size and colour over time
The best course of action to identify problematic moles is to get in touch with a skin expert and seek timely mole removal treatment. At Clinic Dermatech, we have been providing laser mole removal and surgical mole removal treatment for cosmetic and other reasons.
Get in touch with us today to know the laser mole removal cost.