So common because everyone has at least one mole and some may have as many as forty or more. Most moles develop during our lifetime but some 1% are born with moles and it is these congenital moles that might cause problems and even become suspect in time.
Moles are normally small and visible as brown or dark spots in the skin but they can be flesh-colored or yellow-brown. Flat or raised, they may contain dark hairs but having hairs in a mole does not make it more dangerous. Special cells that contain the pigment melanin cause the brown color of most moles.
Beauty spot or blight on the landscape?
In the 1950s, a dark regular mole on the cheek was considered to very attractive and girls would often pencil in their own facial mole. These were called “beauty spots”. Cindy Crawford (super model of the 80s and 90s) brought back the fashion with her signature mole on the face close to her mouth. Her beauty spot was the genuine article.
While most people will go through life without giving them a second thought, some will want to be rid of them
Facial moles usually get more attention than moles elsewhere on the body especially if they are in the wrong place or look unattractive.
Sometimes moles can be a good thing
Researchers at Kings College
, London, found that people with lots of moles could mean younger skin and better bone density leading to delayed ageing. They suggested that moles could be beautiful and they might well keep you looking more youthful for longer because the cells of those (with many moles) had properties which allowed them to renew themselves more often. Those with large numbers of moles appeared less vulnerable to some of the effects of skin aging, such as wrinkles and blemishes
But if you are not convinced, there are different ways to remove them...
Laser mole removal where a concentrated beam of light breaks up the cells that make up the mole. The beam of light is gentle enough not to harm healthy skin, but this method can be costly with the results varying from patient to patient. Deep moles are unsuitable for laser.
- Skin mole removal can be carried out by excision (cutting) after which the wound is stitched. Stitches are placed either deep (they will be absorbed by the body and do not have to be removed) or on the upper surface of the skin (and will be removed later). There can be scarring.
Cauterization is another method where a special tool is used to burn away the mole.
- Apart from its safety, success and convenience, the big advantage of our own mole removal product is that there will be no burning or scarring – unlike a chemical or excision solution.
Checking for suspect moles
Always keep an eye on your moles and see a doctor or dermatologist if you notice that a mole changes size, shape or color; if it bleeds or becomes itchy or painful; of if moles suddenly appear after the age of twenty.
All moles should be checked regularly.
Help is at hand when checking moles
To assist you in your self examination, dermatologists have come to the rescue and developed a criteria to help you to pinpoint whether a mole warrants further investigation. This criteria is made up of the first few letters of the alphabet so you can remember what to look for.
A stands for asymmetry
– both halves of the mole should match.
B is for border
– this should be regular and either round or oval.
C stands for color
– there should be one color including lightening or darkening.
D is for diameter
– the diameter should be less than a ¼ inch (no bigger than a pencil eraser).
E stands for elevation
– the mole should not be raised too much above the surface of the skin nor have an uneven surface.
This gives you five definite pointers when checking out your own moles and if you do examine them and find any that do not fall under this criteria, you can then see your doctor or dermatologist for a check up. If he or she is concerned, the mole will be removed and sent to a lab for evaluation.