We all are familiar with moles. Usually, a black or brown raised spot on the skin that is normal for most of us. Medical science has a different name for moles – a mole is called melanocytic nevus in medical terms. Moles may be present by birth, or may appear in the course of time. Moles start forming in childhood and this formation reaches its peak during the twenties. After the late twenties, the formation of moles lessens. An adult may have 10-15 moles on the body, and it’s very normal.
The sizes of moles vary. They can be as small as a pin tip or 7-8 mm in diameter. The colour of moles can be black, dark brown, pinkish, of skin colour or even colourless.
Generally, people don’t fear of any harm from moles. However, moles may cause worry to someone for cosmetic reasons, or a possible precaution reason for melanoma, a type of skin cancer.
What causes moles?
The cells in our skin should spread throughout the skin. However, once they start developing in a cluster, this condition causes the occurrence of a mole. Melanocytes, the skin cells, develop pigments that provide the skin its natural colour. Upon collecting at one place, these pigments form a bump or spot, in the form of a mole.
Exposure to the sun is a reason that stimulates melanocytes in the body. Thus, it is also the possible cause of moles. The more exposure to sun you get, the more you have chances of getting moles on your skin. Genetic causes are also there. Moles also form because of your genetic qualities.
Moles: who are at the risk?
Though finding moles on your or someone else’s skin is usual, yet, you may be curious to know that who develop moles. There are factors that behind the risk of moles.
- Your genes: Family history plays an important role in the case of the moles on your skin. The tendency to grow moles often pass through the generations. So, if your family members have moles, you will have too!
- Sun exposure: While an average exposure to the sun is not the cause, extreme sun exposure can cause moles on your skin.
- Skin colour: Not proved, but experts and people, in general, believe that people with fair complexion more likely develop moles.
Signs of moles:
Moles can develop anywhere on the body. However, they are likely to be found on between the fingers, on back, on the forehead, on the scalp or under your armpits. Colours and sizes of moles vary, as already mentioned above. Moreover, the surface of moles can be flat, raised, or smooth. General signs of moles are:
- Often round in shape, but it can differ as well.
- The surface may be flat or raised.
- Often brown, but a mole can be tan, black, red, pink, blue, skin-toned, or colourless as well.
- Looks same even after many months.
Prevention of moles:
While the genetics cannot be changed, you can protect yourself from developing moles by avoiding the sun exposure. Try using sunscreen and sunglasses. Wearing clothes with full sleeves can also keep you safe from UV rays coming from the Sun.
Treatments of moles at MedLinks:
In most of the cases, moles are harmless. However, people may choose to treat moles for many reasons. For example, someone does not a particular mole at face; a mole bothers, and a mole being possible suspect of skin cancer. In all the above-mentioned conditions, the expert Dermatologist at MedLinks will help you. Treatment at MedLinks starts with a detailed counseling and clinical examination. For treatment or removal of a mole, there are various methods a Dermatologist at MedLinks may use:
- CO2 Laser: This method uses the laser technique to treat the mole without any cuts on the skin. The laser is applied to vaporise the mole. This method is safe and does not cause any side-effects.
- Surgical excision: In this method, the Dermatologist cuts out entire mole and stitches the skin. To avoid any doubts of skin cancer, MedLinks performs a biopsy of the mole. This method is secure and does not cause any side-effect on the skin around the mole.
Why should you choose MedLinks?
The experts at MedLinks come from the prestigious institutes. They understand very well the nuances of skin and its problems. As the treatment or removal of the mole is a procedure that should be done only by the expert Dermatologists, you should choose MedLinks as the first choice. With advanced equipment to ensure the optimal satisfaction, our experts are trained to perform the laser procedures. Once you are at MedLinks, we make you look the way you should look! You can book a quick appointment with our expert very easily.