Moles are brown or black colored skin growths on 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.
Moles 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.
Treatment for moles depend on whether the mole is raised or flat. Raised moles can be removed by an ablative laser, which removes the raised pigmented skin. I use an Erbrium Yag instead of a CO2 laser for better results. However, for flat moles, this is not the ideal treatment as an ablative laser can sometimes leave a depressed scar after the mole is removed. Instead, I use a Pro Yellow 577 nm laser that only targets the pigments.
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