Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Pigmented moles are either flat or raised moles (with symmetrical, well-defined borders) that are dark in color due to a high concentration of melanin pigment. Some people may choose to have them removed for so that they are not visible or noticeable by others. And since lasers are able to clear brown spots and treat other cosmetic issues such as melasma, our patients at the Dr.U Hair and Skin Clinics in Los Angeles wonder if pigmented mole removal with laser is an effective choice.
Cosmetic Reasons For Removing Moles
Although moles tend to be very small for the most part, some people find them to be displeasing. This may be due to the fact that they are raised above the skin and appear as noticeable, dark-colored bumps.
Other individuals may feel concerned by the number of moles they have. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), having 10-40 moles is perfectly normal. However, since a larger number of moles tends to occur in lighter skin tones, the high color contrast which results can heighten their visibility.
Dr. U Explains, Masking For Pigmented Moles Is Possible With Skin Lasers
According to Dr.U, lasers can be applied to mask the pigmentation of moles. Moles are formed by clusters of melanocytes which are cells that produce melanin. Laser energy is capable of clearing away some of the pigment so that the discoloration is not noticeable.
Some patients may prefer this approach as an alternative to surgical removal.
Surgery Versus Mole Removal With Laser
The main benefit of pigmented mole removal with laser is that it would not leave scarring. Laser energy can pass through the skin, without cutting it to make very precise modifications to even the smallest areas of tissue.
However, laser would not be able to destroy all the cells which comprise the mole. Surgery, on the other hand, would be able to completely remove these cells.
This approach requires the invasive use of mechanical tools, leaving behind wounds which then need to be closed. Scarring will become apparent.
While laser masking can improve the visual appearance of the skin, the risk is that it may actually delay timely interventions in instances where the melanocytes do become cancerous. Again, this is because so-called mole removal with laser will not destroy all the cells, this leaves behind the possibility that they can become malignant in the future. At this point, these cells become life-threatening as they multiply and spread which necessitates more extensive forms of excisional surgeries that may result in disfigurement.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are some symptoms of malignant moles to look out for?
Pay close attention to usual changes with existing moles, particularly asymmetric borders, color changes, growth in size, as well as itching or bleeding. if you have a mole or growth on your body, do not attempt to diagnose it yourself, have it evaluated by a physician.
If my mole look darker, should I become concerned?
In many cases, moles can appear darker due to sun exposure following adolescence and during pregnancy. But as a precautionary measure, have them examined by a doctor