Moles are black or brown-colored out-growths on the skin. They may appear anywhere on your skin, either individually or in groups. Their appearance is more common during the early part of one’s life that is within twenty years. However, at times they may even start appearing only later in life. Normally by your adulthood you may have anywhere between ten and forty moles. With time these moles may either appear raised or even change their color. They may even develop hairs. At times they may even denote skin cancer.
Causes of Moles
Moles might occur in all skin types and races. They are also found in animals. They are caused when skin cells (melanocytes) start growing in clusters rather than being distributed equally. These are the cells that produce the pigment that gives color to your skin. They usually darken upon being exposed to the sun. People generally come across moles during their teen years or during pregnancy. Genetic factors may also cause moles.
Types of Moles:
There are basically three kinds of moles:
- Regular or Symmetrical moles: These are harmless moles that are benign. They are uniform in color and are bordered well. They are smaller in size and may either be raised or flat. They may have hair growing on them. However, this doesn’t mean they are cancerous
- Irregular Moles: These are asymmetrical moles that do not have regular borders. They may be of multiple colors and can be bigger in size. These are usually flat or almost flat. If you have more than 20 to 25 irregular moles, there may be high chances of you developing melanoma.
- Cancerous Moles: These are highly irregular or asymmetrical in nature. These are also called melanoma and may need regular monitoring. Any changes in sizes or color of these moles are to be reported immediately. Early detection of these moles can help in faster recovery and 100% success of the treatment. If you have more than 50 such moles, you may need a monthly examination.
It is always better to check for these 5 signs which are called the ABCDE of Melanoma. These are:
- Asymmetry: A mole is said to be asymmetrical if one half of it differs from the other
- Border: If the borders of the mole are irregular, blurred or ragged it might denote melanoma or cancer
- Color: If the mole does not have a uniform color and has shades of red, blue, white, black brown and tan, it may denote melanoma or cancer
- Diameter:If the diameter of the mole is bigger than a pencil eraser it might denote melanoma.
- Evolution: If the mole changes in its appearance over time it could denote cancer or melanoma.
Mole Excision Treatments:
Your dermatologist might like to evaluate your mole before removing it. For this, he/she might have to take a biopsy and check if the mole is cancerous. In such cases the entire mole will have to be removed. Moles excision treatments are of the following types:
- Simple shaving: In this treatment the surgeon shaves off your mole with the help of a scalpel from underneath your skin. After this the area will be cauterized with an electrical instrument or burnt. Alternatively a solution may be placed on it to control bleeding. A bandage will then be applied on the wound. This wound will have to be taken care of according to the instructions given by your doctor.
- Mole excision through stitches: Moles that appear in cosmetically sensitive areas will have to be cut and stitched. The mole is first mapped out, sterilized, cleaned and numbed by applying a local anesthetic. The mole is then cut out using a scalpel throughout its border. If the mole is cancerous, the border would be larger. Then stitches are placed on your skin.
- Laser mole removal: For smaller moles that are flat or almost flat, laser might work very well. While eliminating the mole from its source, this treatment makes sure no harm is caused to the surrounding skin.
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Many people have contacted Dr.Rashmi for mole excision, apart from many other cosmetic issues that she has treated successfully. All of these have experienced effective treatments with no side effects. They have been extremely satisfied and have even recommended our services to many of their friends and relatives. Some have also written a few reviews that you can go through on our testimonial page. This will tell you about the quality of our treatments and services and help you make your decision.
The exact amount that you may have to spend on your mole excision depends on a lot of things such as the number of moles, the type of your moles, the depth of your moles, your skin type, the doctor you choose, the location of the clinic and so on. A better way to determine the pricing of mole excision treatment would be to call us and fix up an appointment to avail a free consultation session with Dr.Rashmi. During this session, she will evaluate your condition, suggest the right treatment and tell you the exact amount that you will have to spend on your treatment. You can get all your queries clarified during this very session without paying anything.