For the most part, people who have moles have nothing to worry about. However, in some cases, the appearance of moles can be related to melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. Sometimes, moles and melanoma get confused for one another. The Skin Cancer Foundation reveals that “melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-coloured, pink, red, purple, blue or white.”
So how will one know if his or her moles are cancerous? Well, perhaps the most obvious answer is the only one to consider. Seeking the help of a licensed physician is a critical step in ensuring that the appearances of moles on your body are not dangerous to your health. But once you’ve gotten your health concern out of the way, what do you do about those moles you don’t like the look of? Is there a safe and effective way to remove them?
Before we can discuss how to remove moles, it’s important to know what causes them to begin with. On EMedicineHealth.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains that “some people are born with moles. Other moles appear later in life.” But one of the major contributors to mole development is sun exposure. It should go without saying that it is very important to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
“Sun exposure seems to play a role in the development of moles and may even play a role in the development of atypical, or dysplastic, moles,” writes Dr. Schlessinger, adding that “the role of heredity cannot be underemphasized. Many families have a type of mole known as dysplastic (atypical), which can be associated with a higher frequency of melanoma.” No matter the cause, not everyone is particularly happy with the appearance of moles on their bodies.
This is why many people choose to surgically remove their moles. But is doing so safe? On EMedicineHealth.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger writes that the “risks of mole removal methods vary from infection to anesthetic allergy and nerve damage. It is always prudent to choose a dermatologist or surgeon with appropriate skills and experience with these removals. This will decrease your risk associated with this procedure.”
Perhaps, the doctor’s most important revelation is the fact that the risks associated with mole removal have a lot to do with the method of removal chosen. In some cases, excision or cutting is used as a mole removal method. Sometimes, shaving with a scalpel blade is an option. However, in both cases, one of the most common side effects is the scar that the removal process leaves behind. This isn’t exactly the best replacement for a mole.
“One of the most common difficulties after mole removal is a scar,” writes Dr. Schlessinger, “Many people will attempt to remove moles for cosmetic reasons, not realizing that each and every removal will result in a scar. Many times your surgeon can give you an idea of the type and location of a scar after mole removal before you make your decision about removal.” This is why, at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we use the VariLite Laser.
Unlike excision and shaving, this laser treatment effectively removes moles without any bruising, causing virtually no down time. The VariLite Laser is well known for providing a very safe and effective way to remove moles, skin tags and other pigmented skin spots. It has also been effective in the removal of small red blood vessels (also known as “telangiectasia”) on the face.
For more information on the VariLite Laser and its ability to safely remove your moles, don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818.