Moles and Mole Removal
Moles (medically referred to as “nevi”) are small pigmented lesions on the skin. Moles are present at birth, while some can present later on in life. Moles come in all shapes and sizes, and can be brown, red, black or skin color. Many people often refer to moles as “beauty marks” and others find them unsightly and want removal. he number, size and type of moles vary from individuals since every one of us has unique physiology. Almost everyone has a few moles, and some people develop hundreds of moles. People with light skin have a propensity to develop more moles than patients with darker skin type, ranging from 10 to 40 moles on average.
Types of Moles
There are three different types of moles that can occur on the skin. It helps to know how to classify your mole. The mole types are:
- Congenital Mole – congenital nevus is the type of mole that is present at birth. The sizes of these moles can vary from small to large. Moles that are more than 20 centimeters wide are called giant congenital nevi and they have a tendency to carry a higher risk of melanoma.
- Acquired Mole - After birth, a person can still grow moles, and these moles are referred to as acquired moles. People who acquire 50 – 100 moles may have a greater propensity of developing melanoma than people with fewer acquired moles.
- Atypical Mole – these moles are bigger than normal moles and they have irregular shapes and various colors like brown, tan, pink or red. Often bigger than pencil erasers, atypical moles are also known as “dysplastic nevi.” People who develop these precancerous moles have a greater chance of developing melanoma and should frequently see dermatologists to consider mole removal.
There are many different ways to remove a mole depending on what type of mole it is. While some moles are precancerous, most are benign. But it is very important to know that some moles can develop into a skin cancer called melanoma. This can occur near or inside an existing mole. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer and people with many moles tend to have an increased risk of skin cancer. About 1 in 70 people in their lifetime will develop a melanoma. The methods of mole removal we offer include:
- Laser mole removal
- Punch biopsy
If you have any moles that have changed color, shape or size, book an appointment
now for mole removal.