Moles are lesions that contain Nevus cells. Nevus cells are the cells that produce melanin. Research has shown that moles appear in the first two decades of a person’s life while one in a hundred babies is born with moles. Some moles are dark while some meaning of moles on body are light. The dark color is due to the presence of melanin. Most people don’t know that there are two types of moles. One type grows under the skin (known as sub dermal) and those that grow on the skin. Research has shown that there are about 10 types of moles.
Moles can appear anywhere on the body. The number of moles can vary from anywhere between 30 to 400 in extreme cases. Most moles disappear as a person ages while hair grows on some. Oddly, studies have found that people with moles have a lower incidence of other age related diseases.
Moles that appear at early age are due to genetics. A large number of moles on the body could also be a symptom of skin cancer or melanoma. Such persons should get checked regularly for these conditions. There is also a theory that exposure to UV radiation from the Sun. the theory is based on following the assumptions –
· Lack of moles on the buttocks
· The appearance of freckles
· People with darker skin have fewer moles
Mole Removal Remedies
Many people find moles on faces distressing and like to get rid of them. This can sometimes turn into an obsession with some people and cause them to shut themselves away. Luckily, or maybe since there is a chance that it may be something worse; there are removal options that one can turn to. Here are some of them and a little information on them as well.
- Cosmetic Remedies
Laser mole removal is the most common cosmetic method of getting rid of moles. The mole is ‘burnt’ with a laser beam. The heat from the laser breaks down the cells of the mole which are later absorbed by the body. However, there is a drawback to this method. This method only works for new, small and flat moles and a minimum of 3 sessions is required. This makes it an expensive option. The upside is that the procedure is painless and since the laser is pin point the scarring is minimal.
- Natural Remedies
These are over the counter topical creams that are applied to the mole. The mole needs to be scraped before applying the cream so that it can penetrate the skin. This is normally done using a nail file or needle. Care needs to be taken not to scratch the surrounding skin or the cream causes scarring. This method works for a lot of people and is relatively painless compared to the next option.
This method is normally used to treat moles that are malignant. There are 3 surgical methods that can be used. These are –
· Shaving: The mole is shaved off, exposing the underlying mole cells. The drawback of this method is that there is a chance that the mole will grow back.
· Excision: The mole and the underlying area is cut out using a blade and sealed with stitches. The drawback of this method is that the hole can be large, leave a scar and take time to heal.
· Cauterization: The mole is removed with an electronic tool called a Cautery. This method is great because stitches are not required and scarring is minimal.
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