Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Mole Removal Services Los Angeles: Are you in need of mole removal services? Look no further. Dr. U is happy to address all of your questions, concerns and treatment options. The reasons that people seek out mole removal vary from case to case. While some seek out mole removal services for aesthetic reasons, others need mole treatment due to skin care concerns. After a full body examination with Dr. U, each mole can be checked for skin cancer. Taking in warning signs such as asymmetry, border and color of the moles, Dr. U is able to spot out suspicious looking moles
What is a Mole?
A mole is a growth on your skin that is typically brown or black and can be found anywhere on your skin, by itself or in groups. The majority of moles will appear during early childhood and in the first 30 years of someone’s life. People tend to have anywhere between 10-40 moles by the time they’re an adult, which can be unsightly and include hair growing within. After the age of 40, any new mole should warrant close attention and evaluation by a certified dermatologist. Over time, a mole can slowly change, becoming raised and/or changing in color. In fact some moles may completely disappear over time, allowing the individual to avoid mole treatment.While moles have the potential to change, not all of them do.
What Causes Moles?
There’s two things that may cause moles to form:
- Sun exposure
- Hormonal changes (e.g. puberty, pregnancy, menopause and taking hormone medication)
Moles form when melanocytes, a specialized kind of cell that produces melanin, grow in clusters with tissue surrounding them. These pigmented cells frequently appear as small, dark brown spots. Moles can form on area of the body, which means that mole removal services are used head to toe. They come in different shapes and sizes, and can be flat or raised, smooth or creased. While you may notice more and more moles popping up on different areas of your body with time, you can also experience the opposite- moles disappearing with age. While most moles are harmless, it is always a good idea to check with a doctor for pre-cancerous signs. If this is the case, mole removal services are available.
Types of Moles
There are all kinds of moles categorized by their shape, color, and texture. Fortunately, mole treatment is able to address all of them.
- Regular and Irregular Moles: Regular moles are either circles or ovals. They tend to be symmetrical, while irregular moles are asymmetrical.
- Brown, Black, Red and Flesh Colored Moles: Brown and red moles are present on people with lighter skin, while black moles usually show up on people with dark skin. Flesh colored moles normally appear on people of African descent. Although moles are usually benign, if they are exposed to large levels of UV rays it can set off a DNA processes that leads to skin cancer. Red moles tend to have higher risk factor.
- Raised and Flat Moles: Whether the mole is raised or flat will depend on where the melanocyte clusters exist, relative to the skin layers. A mole is really just a lesion (abnormal tissue formations). Due to the clustering of melanocytes, scientifically they are called melanocytic nevi. There can be different variations of melanocytic nevus. These classifications include:
- Junctional Nevus: The junctional nevus is found at the outskirts of the epithelial skin surface, as well as the dermal skin underneath. This kind of mole is brown or black with a flat texture.
- Intradermal Nevus: The intradermal nevus is only found in the dermis. These kinds of moles usually have a flesh color and appear raised.
- Compound Nevus: Compound nevus moles are raised with a brown or black color. People commonly refer to this as a beauty mark. The melanocytic clustering starts forming at the epithelial and dermal juncture as well as the dermis. It is a hybrid of a junctional and intradermal nevus.
- Dysplastic Nevus: The dysplastic nevus is basically two kinds of nevus. The cells of this nevus however, are strangely developed along with it’s overall architectural configuration. This mole tends to be bigger than average. The mole appears flat or raised. The border and color may look irregular, similar to cases of melanoma. If they appear often in number, they should be examined.
- Blue Nevus: The blue nevus takes this color because the melanocytes responsible for it are located deep within the dermis. The cells have a spindles shape. Instead of being clustered, they are scattered.
- Spitz Nevus: The spitz nevus is a kind of intradermal nevus. This mole tends to be red as well as raised.
- Congenital Nevus: This kind of mole will be present at birth and happens in about 1 out of a 100 babies. This nevus type unfortunately carries a high risk of developing into melanoma.
- Acquired Nevus: This nevus is acquired during the later stages in life. The melanocytes that causes this kind of nevus can be junctional, compound or intradermal.
- Giant Pigmented Nevus: The giant pigmented nevus is a pretty large pigmented area that can have some prolific hair growth. Melanoma happens in 10-15% of cases.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, majority of moles are not cancerous. Examination is necessary in order to make sure that the mole is not cancerous.
The A B C D E criteria is often put in use in order to roughly analyze various characteristics of moles.
- A – represents asymmetry. Most moles will be symmetrical.
- B – stands for border. It’s recommended that fuzzy or smudged borders on a mole should be looked at as possible warning signs.
- C – stands for color. Benign moles usually have the same color. Color that are irregular should be looked at by a physician.
- D – stands for diameter. If a mole is bigger than the size of a pencil eraser or around 7mm, it should be further examined.
- E – stands for evolution and elevation. Check for any irregularities in elevation, looking for parts of the mole that are higher than the other. It’s also a good idea to note any changes in how the mole changes in over time.
How To Remove a Mole
When it comes to mole removal services, there are three common techniques for eliminating nevi:
Surgical Mole Removal
Mole removal services can be done by cutting the moles off at their base or by excising the skin around the mole. Making cuts under the mole usually means sutures aren’t necessary. However, cutting around the mole may require sutures after the procedure is done. Cutting a mole and suturing can leave a line of scars but cutting without suturing may leave a wider scar. After the mole has been removed it should be given histological analysis to determine the specific nature and checked for cancer cells.
With this type of mole removal treatment, liquid nitrogen is topically placed onto the skin. It then freezes the mole to get rid of the abnormal tissue. When the melanocyte cluster is deeply embedded inside the skin, needles or probes can be used to apply the nitrogen. Chances of color loss is increased with cryotherapy.
Mole Removal By Laser
When receiving mole treatment by laser, certain laser wavelengths can be absorbed by the mole’s pigment. The energy of this wavelength is used to destroy the abnormal tissue. The laser then seals off blood vessels so that there is no bleeding after the procedure.
Laser mole removals are done only for benign lesions. It must not be done in malignant or cancerous lesions or lesions that are suspected to be cancerous or the potential for cancerous transformation. A mole that may have cancerous characteristics should be removed with surgery and submitted for pathologic analysis.
Before and After Photos of Mole Removal Services Los Angeles
Facial Mole Removal
Thanks to facial mole removal, this patient was able to achieve the cosmetic look she was after.
Skin Mole Treatment
While this patient had a lot of moles covering her stomach, she was able to significantly reduce the amount thanks to skin mole treatment.
Seeking Mole Removal Services Los Angeles
If you are interested in seeking mole removal services, you have come to the right place. After a consultation, Dr. U will provide a personalized treatment plan. Contact us by filling out the consultation form or call us at 1800-499-DRUCLINIC (3782) to schedule an appointment.
Mole Removal Services FAQ
Does mole removal cream work?
Medical evidence does not show that this form of mole treatment is effective. In addition, they are usually expensive and contain harsh chemicals.
Does getting a mole removed hurt?
Most patients say that mole treatment is not a painful process, as the doctor will numb the area prior to removal.
Does mole removal leave scars?
This can vary depending on the kind of mole removal treatment you have done. However, most treatments with Dr. U offer great cosmetic results.
Are stitches required following mole removal treatment?
While laser mole removal treatments do not require stitches, surgical mole removal may.
Will I miss time from work after receiving mole treatment?
No. You can resume to your regular schedule immediately after mole treatment.
Will my insurance cover mole removal services?
While it varies case to case, many insurances are willing to cover a portion of mole removal services.
How much does mole removal cost?
The average cost for mole removal ranges from $100 to $500 per mole and depends on a number of factors including shape, size and location on the body. Larger ones cost more to remove. Moles in highly visible areas must be removed more delicately, which results in a higher price.
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