People choose to have their moles removed for a range of reasons, whether it’s to improve the health of their skin or to feel more confident about their appearance.
Whether it’s an aesthetic choice or for the wellbeing of their skin, it always pays to have mole removal performed by an industry expert.
What is a mole?
In simple terms, moles are merely a group of the cells that produce pigmentation (or darkening) of the skin.
With the cells formed so closely together, moles often appear much darker than the rest of the skin.
Moles can appear on their own, or in clusters,
Moles often change visually as time passes, and can become raised or change colour. It’s not uncommon to see hairs in the mole. Some moles may even disappear over time.
What causes moles?
As there are so many different types of moles, it can be difficult to provide one comprehensive reason as to what causes them
While some moles are genetic, others are the product of sun damage or even a sign that skin is in the early stages of skin cancer.
Because of the risk of cancer, or malignant melanoma, regular skin checks with a consultant or GP are vital for ensuring healthy skin.
This is particularly the case if a mole changes at all in shape or size.
It pays to always be aware of the appearance of any skin blemishes and to monitor their changes over time.
Why do people choose to have moles removed?
People elect to have moles removed for a range of reasons.
Some decisions are purely aesthetic and removing unsightly moles, particularly from the face area can be a life changing decision.
With the connection between moles and the early stages of skin cancer, a lot of people also elect to remove moles as a precautionary health decision.
What is the mole removal process?
Mole removal is usually performed in one of three ways:
1. Laser treatment is ideal for removing smaller moles, which uses thermal energy to break it down similar to unwanted hair removal.
2. For moles that are raised, a surgical process of shaving the mole off is performed under a local anaesthetic.
3. Another form of surgical removal involves the mole being cut away, again performed under local anaesthetic, with some small stitching of the skin afterwards.
With all mole removal treatments, post-removal care is vital for keeping the remaining skin healthy.
This usually involves keeping the surface of the skin well covered until it has healed.
The remaining skin can also be particularly sensitive to sunlight for up to six months following the removal.
To keep your skin safe in the future, always use strong sunscreen, with an SPF 30 plus rating.