Mole removal and Skin Tag RemovalWhilst a mole can look attractive and is often called a beauty spot, to many can sometimes cause embarrassment. Mole removal options are available if you’d like to be free from skin tags and blemishes. Moles are usually brown or black in colour and the only moles of medical concern, are those that have an irregular border, change shape, bleed, itch, have a discharge or have the appearance of new moles around them.
What Is A Mole?A mole is a collection of pigment cells present within the skin. These cells are known as melanocytes. They are extremely common. Most people are born with a few moles and develop others during their lives. They vary in size from some barely visible, to large which can cove the vast majority of the body.
What Causes Moles?Most moles are simply the result of a harmless overgrowth of the pigment cells within the deeper layer of the skin. Most moles develop spontaneously or are caused by exposure to sunlight and tend to appear on those areas of the skin that catch the most sunlight – usually the trunk/arms and legs. Most of these moles appear during the first 20 years of life, although they may continue to develop into the 30s and 40s. However, the majority disappear with age.
Why Are Moles A Concern?The main worry with moles is that a small number may go on to develop a form of skin cancer called malignant melanoma. This form of skin cancer, which can be fatal, is best spotted early and treated with surgical excision (i.e. it is cut out of the skin).
Who Is At Risk?The presence of moles should not cause you serious problems. But large numbers, more than 25, are an indication of susceptibility to melanoma. So you should take great care about exposure to sunlight. If there is a family history of malignant melanoma, you should be particularly vigilant about changing moles. Moles can change in number and appearance. Some moles fade away or fall off later in life, often you don’t even notice. They also sometimes respond to hormonal changes, for example during:
- Pregnancy: when they may get slightly darker in appearance
- In teenage years: when they increase in number
- Older age: when they may disappear from 40 to 50+ years of age