Moles are spots of pigmented skin that are black, brown or red in colour. In fact, they occur due to the excess production of pigmented skin cells or melanocytes.
Do & Don't for Getting Moles
DO: Watch your moles closely.
DO: Treat the mole in the initial stages itself.
DO: Maintain good self-hygiene and care.
DO: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
DON’T: Ignore the mole.
DON’T: Share towels, socks, or gloves with others.
DON’T: Walk in public places without your shoes.
Types of moles
- Congenital naevus: Moles that are present at birth.
- Atypical or dysplastic naevus: These moles are unusual in appearance and benign. Moreover, these may look similar to melanomas.
- Junctional melanocytic naevus: Round, flat and brown.
- Dermal melanocytic naevus: Raised, hairy in some cases, pale or light brown.
- Halo naevus: Skin in the area surrounding the mole loses pigmentation, thus forming a halo. Once the mole fades away, the skin regains its colour.
Treatments of Moles
Sometimes, a mole is itchy, burns, is painful, bleeds or oozes, is crusty or scaly. Moreover, it can also suddenly change in colour, elevation, size or shape. Therefore, in such cases, one must consult a doctor immediately.
There are several modalities to treat moles. They are as follows:
- Shave excision: In this treatment, the mole is cut off from the body using a small blade. Moreover, dermatologists carry out this process under the effects of local anaesthesia. In fact, stitches are not necessary. Moreover, shave excision is effective for smaller malignant moles.
- Excisional surgery or excision biopsy: In this treatment, the mole and the surrounding margin of healthy skin is cut out using a scalpel or a punch device. In fact, sutures are necessary.
- Electrosurgery: In this treatment, the mole is burnt off with an electric current applied by a device with a metal tip. In fact, any hair growing on the mole will burn off too.
- Laser: In this treatment, a high-intensity beam of light is used to reduce the pigmentation and get rid of any hair present on the mole too.
Most moels don’t need treatment. However, if your doctor suspects that a mole is cancerous, he do a biopsy of that mole.
Most moles are benign and do not need to be treated unless it interferes with basic functioning or seems unsightly.
Moles/Nevus – Q&A
Yes, we do have laser treatment to treat Mole. To elaborate on a good line of treatment to remove your Mole, let’s have a look at few important points which we need to think before going for Laser Mole removal treatment. Moles occur on our skin when cells in the skin...