Mole Removal Singapore
Moles may be removed due to either cosmeceutical or medical reasons. This article aims to give you an insight into moles & how they can be removed non-surgically.
Quick facts about moles
• Moles are commonly seen as small flesh coloured, black, brown or tan spots on our skin.
• Moles can be raised or flat.
• Excessive exposure to the sun, especially during our childhood results in an increment with regards to the number of moles.
• Moles can be wrongly identified as freckles or other types of skin growth.
• Irregular large moles can either be skin cancer or develop into melanoma (a type of skin cancer).
What exactly are moles?
Moles are basically growths on your skin which are usually black or brown. These moles can appear anywhere on your skin, alone or even clustered in groups.
Most of our moles appear during early childhood & during the first 30 years of our lives. It isn’t abnormal to have between 10 to 40 moles by adulthood.
As the years passes by, our moles usually change at a slow pace, becoming raised and/or changing colours. Hairs may even develop in our moles. Some moles may not change at all, while other moles may slowly disappear over time.
What exactly causes moles?
Moles occurs in all races & skin colours.
The genes that we obtain from our parents, alongside with excessive exposure to the sun (usually during childhood) are the common culprits in determining the mole numbers. Our skin which were exposed to the sun more often are likely to develop more moles.
Freckles & moles are usually darker than the rest of our skin. Moles can be flat or raised while freckles are flat. Freckles & sun spots forms because of an increase in the amount of melanin. The moles are usually commonly seen in people more prone to freckles.
Sun avoidance & sun protection (e.g sunscreen) may help to suppress the appearance of some freckles & moles.
Types of Moles
Three types of groups of moles are identified as follows: Atypical (aka irregular), symmetrical (aka regular) & cancerous. Regular moles are usually harmless & benign. They’re commonly symmetrical, uniformed in colours, have regular borders and shouldn’t be larger than the size of an eraser. Regular moles may either be raised or flat.. Hair growing in these types of moles has no relationship to it’s cancer potential.
Atypical (aka irregular) moles are normally asymmetrical, have multiple colours, irregular borders and are usually larger than the size of an eraser. Atypical moles are usually flat. If there’s a mole larger than 8 to 11 inches in size, this can result in an increased risk of melanoma.
Irregular moles signify the potential for developing melanomas in future. Irregular moles rarely develop into cancer or melanoma.
Cancerous moles are usually called melanomas, are often irregular & are usually asymmetrical. It is extremely important to keep a close watch on all moles for atypical features of changes. Patients with more than 50 moles or a few abnormal moles requires at least an annual full-body moles examination by a doctor – This is important in detecting abnormal moles & melanoma.
• Cutting/Excision: A local anaesthetic is applied to the mole to minimize discomfort, and the mole is cut out along with a small area of the surrounding skin with a surgical scissors or scalpel.
• Laser Mole Removal: Non-cancerous & smaller moles which doesn’t protrude above the surface of your skin can be efficiently removed using our Edge Fractional CO2 Laser. This treatment utilizes intense bursts of light radiation to break down the mole cells in your skin. A maximum of two sessions may be needed to fully eradicate the moles.
We hope that you’ve obtained a deeper understanding on the causes, types of moles as well as the available clinically proven treatments. All of our treatments are professionally & safely done by our doctors. Please kindly contact our concierge at 62218221/84488636 (sms/whatsapp available) for an appointment booking now!