Moles are common skin growths that present themselves as tiny, dark spots on the skin. While the majority of moles are completely harmless and do not require intervention, there are several circumstances where it is advisable to have them removed.
In this article, we go over 5 signs that indicate you should probably get your moles removed.
1. Changes in size, shape, or color
One of the main signs that your mole should be removed is if it changes significantly in size, shape, or color. A mole may be an indication of a possible skin disorder, such as melanoma, especially if it is growing rapidly, changing its shape, or displaying color changes. If left untreated, melanoma, which is a kind of skin cancer, can be life-threatening. A professional’s evaluation of any mole exhibiting these changes is therefore essential.
2. Irregular borders or uneven edges
The presence of uneven edges or irregular borders is another indicator that a mole needs to be removed. Moles often have smooth, well-defined borders that are clearly visible. However, if you see that a mole has grown jagged, fuzzy, or notched edges, it may be a sign of an abnormality within the mole. This irregularity could be a dysplastic nevus, which is a mole with a higher likelihood of turning malignant. A professional can evaluate the mole and suggest the best course of action, which can include removal.
3. Itching, bleeding, or pain
Itching, bleeding, or pain might point to a more serious issue because they are not normally associated with normal, harmless moles. These symptoms might be a sign of infection, cancer, or both. Even if not every situation warrants concern, it is always best to err on the side of caution and seek professional advice to rule out any potential concerns.
4. Sudden changes to texture or elevation
Sudden elevation or textural changes in a mole might be a warning sign that it has to be removed. Concern should be expressed if a mole starts to rise, become bumpy, or acquire a rough surface. Such alterations could be a sign of unnatural cell growth and, in certain situations, they might even be a sign of skin cancer. Make sure to make an appointment with a professional if you observe a noticeable change in the texture or elevation of a mole so they can recommend the best course of action.
5. Family history
Having a family history of skin cancer or personal risk factors, such as fair skin, a history of sunburns, or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, can increase your likelihood of developing abnormal moles. If you fall into this category, it is critical that you monitor your moles and seek professional guidance when necessary. People with greater risk profiles should see a dermatologist more frequently so they can detect any abnormal moles and propose the best course of action, which may include mole removal if necessary.
Get your moles removed safely with The Clifford Clinic
We are a reputable aesthetic clinic that provides a variety of safe and effective mole removal procedures performed by experienced doctors, no matter if you have a tiny mole that you would like removed for aesthetic purposes or are concerned about whether a mole might be harmful.
It is imperative that you refrain from removing your moles yourself or using do-it-yourself methods, particularly if they are cancerous. Instead, get assistance from a qualified professional trained in raised and flat mole removal.
Here at The Clifford Clinic, we offer two types of mole removal treatments – surgery and laser removal:
- Mole removal surgery
Shave excision: In this procedure, the mole is removed surgically by being shaved away with a knife or a sharp razor without the use of sutures or stitches. This procedure produces good aesthetic results and leaves a less obvious scar. A temporary superficial scab will form during the first to second week of wound healing but will eventually peel off to reveal a smooth and flat skin surface.
Cutting / surgical excision: A scalpel or pair of surgical scissors is used to cut out the whole thickness of the mole after local anesthesia has been applied. This procedure leaves a little scar that will eventually fade and requires a few sutures to seal the skin. This is typically carried out for moles whose nature raises suspicions of cancer.
- Laser mole removal
Small, flat, black, or brown non-cancerous moles are the ideal candidates for laser mole removal treatment. A laser beam is used in this non-invasive procedure to eliminate any mole cells. If the mole is particularly deep, two or more sessions may be needed.