Skin Moles - Why Remove Them
Nevus or Nevi (plural) is the medical term for skin moles, which are small congenital growths on the human skin, usually slightly raised and dark and sometimes hairy. These growths occur when cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in a cluster with tissue surrounding them. Melanocytes are distributed evenly throughout the skin and produce the pigment in your body that give you a natural skin color. Sun exposure causes the melanocytes to produce more pigment, therefore your skin darkens or tans.
Skin moles vary in size, shape and color and can be present anywhere on the body. Some may be considered a thing of beauty, some may go undetected, and others can be very unpleasant and bothersome.
Types of moles
These are nevi that are present at birth. They vary in size and color, and may change slightly in size as you age in proportion to your body growth. The color may also change and become slightly lighter or darker over time. Any accelerated change in size, color or texture should be noted as it could be a cause for concern. At this point you may want to pay a visit to a dermatologist.
These nevi are acquired during childhood and early in the adult life. They are usually less than 1/4 inch in size and vary in color and size. Although there is little risk of melanoma cancer developing, they should be watched to insure early detection should any changes occur. Skin moles acquired after the age of 50 could be a cause for concern and should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
These are acquired and appear either isolated or in a cluster. They are larger than normal and have irregular borders that may appear fuzzy. The center may be raised and darkened. Doctors believe dyplastic nevi have an increased risk of melanoma. They can be hereditary and families having a history of Dysplastic Nevi or Melanoma should be checked regularly and do self-examinations
What causes moles?
Skin moles may be present at birth, or slowly develop over time. Sun exposure has been said to aid in there development, but mainly atypical. Heredity also has a part in what type an individual may have.
Reasons for removing
There are many different reasons for mole removal. These reasons should affect which procedure is chosen for the removal.
Typical reasons for mole removal include:
Cosmetic reasons.If an individual believes the nevus hinders their beauty or stands out unfavorably. People with facial moles, or somewhere highly visible, tend to have them removed, as these can be a hit to ones self esteem.
Nuisance/Skin IrritationsThese may be located in an area that causes irritation such as a bra line or belt line etc. They could also be protruding and interfere with shaving.
PreventionRemoving any type to aid in the prevention of melanoma. These are most likely considered atypical.
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Questions to ask yourself before choosing an optionWhat results do I want?How many do I want to remove?How much can I afford?What type of mole do I want removed? (atypical, acquired)Am I willing to be left with a scar?