Moles

What It Is

Moles are raised or flat spots formed on the skin and occur when skin cells grow in a cluster rather than dispersing on the skin’s surface. These may be brown, black and red in colour, formed due to aging, exposure to elements or hereditary. Some moles may become darker or more apparent with exposure to the sun and with pregnancy. Skin that is exposed to the sun tend to have more moles, although they can appear anywhere in the body.

Most people have at least one mole, although the vast majority of moles are benign. There are three main types of moles.

  • Congenital Moles – also known as birthmarks, these moles are present at birth.

  • Acquired Moles – these are moles that appear during adolescence or early adulthood, which can be caused by exposure to the sun or pregnancy.

  • Atypical Moles – also known as dysplastic nevi or Clark’s nevi, these moles are usually larger than a regular mole, asymmetrical, with irregular and indistinct borders. These moles are usually flat or nearly flat. Although irregular moles can signal the possibility for developing in melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer over time, irregular moles themselves rarely turn into melanoma or cancer. If a mole is of suspicious origin, it is sent to the lab for analysis. Patients who have a family history of irregular moles are encouraged to have their moles checked regularly by their health care provider and to protect their moles from sun exposure with sunscreen and clothing.

Multiple moles can be removed in one session and Dr. Padma Jain removes the mole while leaving only a minimal scar.

How It’s Treated

Laser Treatments

  • KTP Laser – This laser is effective for the removal of small moles. The KPT Laser emits a powerful wavelength that destroys the discoloured target cells without causing damage to surrounding skin and tissue.

Non-Laser Treatments

  • Shaving – This surgical technique involves the use of a sharp razor to remove moles. It is usually performed with the use of local anesthesia, which will ensure you remain comfortable during the procedure.

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