Another name for moles is nevi. They are clusters of pigmented cells which appear on the skin as small dark spots. They vary in color and size. Moles usually appear on the face, arms, torso and legs but they can generally develop anywhere on the body.
Moles are harmless but some people remove them for cosmetic purposes and others can be precancerous necessitating for surgical removal.
Types of Moles
Most common moles are typically dark, raised above the skin and uniform in color. Then there are other moles which are known as dysplastic nevi. These are larger than the common moles and have irregular colors and borders. These type of moles can be precancerous and can turn into melanoma.
Options for Mole removal on the face
Moles are typically harmless but some people find them unattractive especially if they are on the face and may want to get rid of them. Another reason for mole removal is if a dermatologist find out that it is precancerous.
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Some of the ways of mole removal on the face include;
Freezing. This is usually done on non-cancerous moles that have not grown deeper into the skin. It is done by freezing off the mole using liquid nitrogen. This treatment may leave a small blister on the skin.
Shaving. Mole removal on the face can be done by shaving it down using a scalpel. The area is numbed with an anesthetic before the procedure. After the procedure a small pink mark is usually left. This type of treatment does not work for all moles.
Excision/Cutting. A local anesthetic is applied to the mole beforehand. The mole is then cut out with a surgical scissors or a scalpel. Since some moles could have cells that have grown under the skin these usually require some stitches to close up the skin.
Laser removal. Moles which are non-cancerous and are not protruding above the skin surface can be removed by laser. Mole removal by laser usually takes about 2-3 sessions to completely get rid of the mole. This method is used to remove moles that are on hard places to reach. It is a great treatment for moles removal in Dubai at the same time.
It is advisable to wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher along with protective clothing such as wide brimmed hats. If the mole removed was precancerous then regular follow up visits to your dermatologist should be scheduled.