Moles—Removal & Treatment Options
Moles are brown or black colored skin growths on the skin. They occur when melanocytes, the skin cells which make melanin (the pigment to give our skin its natural color) grow in a cluster instead of being evenly spread throughout the skin.
Moles usually appear from early childhood, but sometimes develop during the first 25 years of your life. It is quite normal to have between 5 to 50 moles by the time you become an adult. Moles can be alone or in groups, and can appear anywhere on the skin. With time, some moles can slowly change and become larger, raised or darker in color. Moles can also darken after sun exposure or during pregnancy.
Mole Extraction/ Treatment
There are multiple treatment modalities to remove moles, the method of choice is dependent on whether the mole is raised or flat. Raised moles can be removed by an ablative laser - my preferred modalities to use is the Erbrium Yag instead of a CO2 laser for better results. The treatment uses bursts of light radiation to break down the mole cells in the skin. The number of session(s) to remove is dependent on the depth of the mole.
As for flat moles, ablative laser is not an ideal treatment as this treatment can sometimes leave a depressed scar after the mole is removed. Instead, we use a Pro Yellow 577 nm laser that only targets the pigments for flat pigmented moles.
Apart from excision and cutting methods to remove moles, laser removal is also another option which you may consider if you have multiple moles to remove at the same time or if your mole is located at a harder to reach area.