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Mole Removal

Moles are a simple fact of life. And unless they’re cancerous, they pose no threat to your health. But, of course, if you don’t like your moles and wish to remove them, that’s possible with Mole Removal treatment options.

For the most part, the majority of moles on our bodies are non-threatening. However, some people find them to be aesthetically unpleasing, an annoyance, or an interference more than anything else (for example, when shaving). Removing a mole is a relatively quick, simple, and painless way to create unmarred skin for the long haul.

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MOLE BASICS

The common mole is nothing more than a raised, non-cancerous skin growth that develops from an excess of melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) that develop in small clusters.

Moles tend to first develop during childhood or even teenage years, but they can also grow on the skin as an adult.

Moles can develop anywhere on the body. While they are typically dark brown in color and circular, they can also be lighter or darker in color and take on the appearance of a nonsymmetrical circle, too. Some people have one mole, others have many, and some don’t have moles on their skin.

Certain factors can cause changes to a mole’s size, color, and appearance. When noticeable changes occur, it’s best to have your dermatologist assess the mole to determine if a biopsy is necessary. If a mole is deemed precancerous or cancerous, it can mutate. It is crucial to keep an eye on your moles, and if something appears suspicious, have a doctor check it out.

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WHAT CAUSES MOLES TO GROW?

Moles grow from an abundance of pigment that forms a small cluster on the skin.

New moles can develop at any time during one’s life. When new moles appear, the pigment-producing cells proliferate and produce darker benign growths on the skin. The amount of pigment within the mole gives it its dark coloring.

New moles can arise due to:

  • Sun exposure (adequate sun protection daily is vital)
  • Light skin tone
  • A weak or compromised immune system
  • Genetics

If a new mole arises during adulthood, it’s best to have your doctor examine it to ensure it’s not cancerous.

New moles can develop at any time during one’s life. When new moles appear, the pigment-producing cells proliferate and produce darker benign growths on the skin. The amount of pigment within the mole gives it its dark coloring.

New moles can arise due to:

  • Sun exposure (adequate sun protection daily is vital)
  • Light skin tone
  • A weak or compromised immune system
  • Genetics

If a new mole arises during adulthood, it’s best to have your doctor examine it to ensure it’s not cancerous.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF AN INFECTED MOLE?

If your mole appears abnormal, it may be infected. The symptoms of an infected mole may include:

  • Sudden changes in size, shape, or color
  • Bleeding on more than one occasion
  • Painful sensations
  • A white ring around the outer edge of the mole
  • Discomfort
  • An abnormal appearance

Changes to a mole, especially if they are sudden, are nothing to take lightly. Any time you notice a change in a mole, regardless of its location on your body, it’s essential to have a doctor examine the mole and determine if a biopsy is necessary.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF MELANOMA?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer and is the cause of most skin cancer-related deaths.

Although there’s a link between moles that change and melanoma, there are a few ‘checkpoints’ to watch. Known as the ABCDE checklist, if any of the below changes apply to your mole, it’s time to get it checked out by a medical professional.

A: ASYMMETRY

If the mole is not symmetrical on both sides or half of the mole looks utterly different from the other half.

B: BORDER

The edges should be smooth and relatively well defined, not jagged, irregular, or abnormal.

C: COLOR

The mole should be a consistent color and one shade. It can be a solid hue of either brown, black, or red and not have multiple colors or a gradient effect.

D: DIAMETER

The mole should be no larger than ¼ inch.

E: EVOLVING

Changes to the mole are evident either in color, shape, or size.

However, it’s essential to know that some moles are atypical because they are generally larger than the standard mole and may be irregularly shaped. 

While these moles may be mistaken for melanoma, atypical moles are often not. Still, to be safe, it’s best to have these types of moles checked regularly, especially since they can potentially turn into melanoma.

WHAT IS AESTHETIC MOLE REMOVAL?

Aesthetic mole removal removes a benign mole from any part of the body or face. Lasers eliminate the appearance of unwanted moles and even skin tags.

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Using a laser allows for the quick removal of moles without invasive procedures. Like other laser-based treatments, a short burst of light is delivered to the mole, breaking down the pigment and skin cells. However, the surrounding skin is not affected by the laser and remains intact and undamaged. Your provider can remove multiple moles during laser mole removal. Usually, only one treatment is necessary to remove the unwanted mole.

The mole size determines if laser mole removal is the appropriate procedure to perform. Of course, moles that require a biopsy should not be removed with a laser.

Using a laser allows for the quick removal of moles without invasive procedures. Like other laser-based treatments, a short burst of light is delivered to the mole, breaking down the pigment and skin cells. However, the surrounding skin is not affected by the laser and remains intact and undamaged. Your provider can remove multiple moles during laser mole removal. Usually, only one treatment is necessary to remove the unwanted mole.

The mole size determines if laser mole removal is the appropriate procedure to perform. Of course, moles that require a biopsy should not be removed with a laser.

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HOW MUCH DOES MOLE REMOVAL COST?

Mole removal varies in cost from provider to provider, and those in large cities often charge more. 

The size and location of the mole also influence the overall cost.

To determine the cost of your laser mole removal treatment, call our office to schedule a consultation where we will put a custom program together to correct your current skin concerns.

Common FAQs

Yes, laser mole removal removes unwanted moles from anywhere on the face and body.

Some insurance companies may cover mole removal. However, it's always best to check with your insurance provider and practice first. At Charette Cosmetics, mole removal procedures are an out-of-pocket expense.

Numbing cream is applied to the skin to make the process comfortable. Then, the laser is used to remove the unwanted mole.

 

Following the procedure, it's common for the skin to experience scabbing, swelling, redness, flaking, and even peeling days following the treatment. Since a mole consists of a build-up of skin cells, removing it will likely leave behind a scar. It takes about one week for the mole to heal after the laser.

Mole removal is a downtime-free procedure, but that doesn't mean you should disregard the basic rules of proper skincare and sunscreen use. Always apply sunscreen to the area where your provider removed the mole to keep the skin healthy and protected.

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