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Skin Moles on Cheek

Moles on Cheek

Healing and treating cheek moles

If you are one of those that dislikes your own cheek mole, then think about removal. You can do this safely and gently with a natural essential oils product without any risk of scarring. Alternatively, cheek moles can be removed by these methods: excision surgery; electro surgery; cauterization (which involves coagulation of blood and destroying the tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing); or cryosurgery (a surgery done to destroy unwanted tissues using extreme cold, usually liquid nitrogen). These latter methods can be painful and do require anesthesia. Medical insurance will not usually pay for any procedure unless the cheek moles are inflamed, irritated or clinically suspicious. After such removal, further moles on the cheek can be avoided by limiting exposure to sunlight. When your face has had its few minutes of sun several times a week, wear a hat to shade the area.

Types of cheek moles

Moles are usually small, dark, skin growths that develop from pigment-producing cells in the skin. Occasionally they can be flesh-colored or yellow-brown. They may even be raised off the skin and very noticeable or they may contain dark hairs. Having hairs in a mole does not make it more dangerous but it certainly can be more embarrassing and visible when on the cheek. Special cells that contain the pigment melanin lead to the brown color of most moles. When you have cheek moles, you see them every day of your life, making it easy to notice any sudden changes. If you are at all concerned, visit your dermatologist or doctor for a full evaluation and screening.

Causes of cheek moles

A skin mole is an abnormal collection of pigment cells (known as melanocytes) which are present in the basal layer of the epidermis of the skin. A mole can develop anywhere on the skin and it can be of any shape and size. The usual brown color of the mole is caused by a natural body pigment known as melanin, which is produced by special cells called melanocytes. Melanin protects us from the harmful effects of the ultra violet rays of the sun.

Moles which are present on the body from birth are known as congenital melanoma nevi. Although some moles may disappear with age, others remain throughout our lives. For women, moles can alter according to the changes in hormonal levels and may first appear, get bigger or darken during pregnancy. Genetics do play a role in the formation of moles on the face (including the cheeks) as some families have a tendency to develop more moles on the face than others.

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