Moles – also called melanocytic nevi – are brown or black skin growths caused by clusters of melanocytes. Melanocytes produce melanin, the natural pigment that gives the skin its color. Most moles appear during childhood or adolescence and fade or change in appearance with time.
Moles are harmless most of the time, but some may become cancerous. Therefore, it is vital to be aware of mole changes. More specifically, one must know what changes indicate skin cancer, especially melanoma.
Table of Contents
- 1 What are the 3 types of moles?
- 2 Moles Removal Treatment Options
- 3 What are the benefits of mole removal?
- 4 Moles Removal Risks
- 5 Results of Mole Removal Treatment
- 8 How Much Does Removing Moles Cost?
- 9 Moles Removal FAQs
- 10 Get Consultation
What are the 3 types of moles?
Moles can grow on any body part, appearing alone or in groups. Generally, most moles tend to appear by the time a person is 25 years, and it is normal to have up to 40 moles by adulthood.
There are different types of moles, but the following mole types are the most common ones:
The moles discovered at birth are called congenital melanocytic nevus (mole). The moles that form during the first two years of a baby’s life are also called congenital nevi. These moles are usually oval or round-shaped patches of colored and raised skin that varies in size, color, and shape. Although a congenital nevus is generally harmless, it can cause complications if it is more than 8mm in diameter or 2-3 inches long. In such cases, an expert will perform a nevi excision to remove the unwanted mole.
No bigger than a pencil eraser, dysplastic nevi are irregularly shaped moles having uneven colors. They are usually darker at the center and lighter at the edges. Also called atypical moles, they have uneven and asymmetrical edges and flat surfaces. People having more than one dysplastic nevus have a higher chance of developing melanoma. So, it is better to undergo a cancerous moles removal treatment before they become severe.
The acquired nevi are melanocyte clumps occurring after birth. These nevi start appearing during childhood but reach their peak during the 30–40-year age bracket. In most cases, an acquired nevus is benign, but people having more than 50 such nevi are likely to have melanoma.
Moles Removal Treatment Options
Several options are available to remove cancerous and non-cancerous moles. These treatments include non-surgical moles removal and surgical moles removal. Usually, an expert determines the most suitable technique to remove a skin mole, depending on its size and location.
People looking to get rid of skin moles can benefit from the following treatment options:
Nevi excision is generally performed on large moles. It is a surgical procedure involving cuts and stitches. The surgeon removes the mole by cutting it out entirely from the skin using a scalpel. Since the procedure is surgical, the chances of scarring are relatively higher.
Laser Mole Removal is one of the most popular methods to remove moles from the body. During this procedure, a laser technician directs a laser beam toward the mole. It’s a concentrated light beam that breaks down the cells comprising a mole. Laser mole removal is a highly accurate treatment that targets the moles without damaging the surrounding normal cells.
Cryotherapy or freezing is a quick and safe moles removal treatment that leaves no scars. This procedure usually involves a surgeon applying a specialized liquid nitrogen and argon gas solution to the mole. Typically, they apply the solution using a cotton swab, a spraying device, or a syringe. This forms ice crystals over the treatment area, breaking the cells within the mole and removing the mole.
What are the benefits of mole removal?
Mole removal treatments have several benefits, such as:
- All mole removal treatments are safe and effective.
- These treatments have no severe side effects and minimal or no downtime.
- They also reduce any discomfort and irritation caused by moles.
- They help diagnose skin cancer.
- They enhance the skin’s appearance.
Moles Removal Risks
Mole removal treatment generally accompanies the following side effects:
These side effects are generally tolerable and temporary.
That said, surgical mole removal leaves a visible scar, and in rare cases, infections and nerve damage may also occur.
Results of Mole Removal Treatment
The recovery period after mole removal treatment is minimal, and most candidates do not experience anything unusual. The results of skin mole removal are mostly permanent, meaning there is little to no risk of developing a mole in the treated region.
How Much Does Removing Moles Cost?
The average cost of mole removal in Dubai is 1500 AED. The exact price of this treatment for each patient generally depends on the size and number of moles, treatment technique, number of sessions, desired results, etc.
Moles Removal FAQs
Can moles be removed permanently?
Typically, mole removal results are permanent, especially when the mole is surgically removed. A mole is also highly unlikely to grow back after the laser treatment.
Is mole removal painful?
Not all mole removal techniques are invasive, but surgical procedures can be painful. However, since this procedure is performed under local anesthesia, you won’t feel discomfort or pain during the treatment. The treatment site may hurt until the skin heals completely. But this pain can be easily managed with painkillers.
How long does mole removal take?
The mole removal procedure is short and straightforward, taking no more than 10-15 minutes, depending on the treatment technique. The treatment duration may increase if multiple moles of larger sizes are removed.
How many sessions of mole removal would I need?
Although most moles can be removed within a single session, some may require more than one session. Your practitioner will determine the number of sessions you need to achieve the desired results.
How long does a mole removal take to heal?
The healing time of mole removal can take up to a month. Generally, the mole removal scar heals in one month or so. However, if the incisions are deeper, it may take 4-6 weeks to recover fully.
Do you want to remove skin moles for cosmetic reasons or to rule out skin cancer? Book a consultation at Euromed Clinic Dubai by calling +971 4 394 5422 or filling in the form below.
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