It works for Cindy Crawford. It works for Madonna. It worked for Marilyn Monroe. It’s a mole, also called a beauty mark. However, you may not think it’s so beautiful when it’s on your own face.
Moles have no relation to the fuzzy animal with poor eyesight like Mr. Magoo. They are an irregularity of the skin’s surface. Learn about moles, what causes them, and why precision plastic surgery from the esteemed professionals at Skintastic is the best method of removing them:
WHAT IS A MOLE?
Moles are skin growths that emerge when cells grow in a cluster instead of being evenly distributed throughout the skin. These cells are melanocytes and cause overly pigmented skin. Doctors refer to moles as nevi. Most moles appear by age 30.
HOW MANY MOLES ARE ON SOMEONE’S BODY?
Almost every adult has several moles on their body. It’s not unusual for adults to have 10 to 40 moles on their skin. People with 11 moles on their right arm may have 100 moles on their entire body. If you have moles, you are not alone. Three-hundred million Americans have them.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MOLE AND A FRECKLE?
If you feel a mole, it usually has a raised surface, while a freckle is flat. Moles are typically darker than freckles and develop deeper within your skin than freckles. Freckles result from sun exposure and are often more prevalent in fair-skinned individuals. A mole is unaffected by sun exposure and may get smaller or disappear during your lifetime.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MOLES?
Most moles are brown, but they can come in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and textures:
• Color — Black, blue, tan, red, pink or brown. Moles may get darker during puberty or during pregnancy.
• Size — Usually as big as a pencil eraser.
• Shape — Typically round or oval.
• Texture — Smooth, bumpy or wrinkled.
CAN THEY BE CANCEROUS?
Most moles are harmless. Some develop into skin cancer, or melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease. An easy way to determine whether melanoma is present is the A-B-C-D-E guide for skin care:
• A, Asymmetrical shape — One half of the mole looks different than the other.
• B, Border — Moles with irregular, scalloped or notched borders. Normal moles usually have even edges and are round or oval-shaped.
• C, Color — Moles that have changed color, have multiple colors or have inconsistent color.
• D, Diameter — A mole that has grown more than a quarter-inch.
• E, Evolving — Moles that change in height, shape, and color, particularly if they turn black. Itching or bleeding are also warning signs.
Usually, moles affect 10 percent of the population, but only one in 100,000 of these will be a melanoma. However, never make assumptions about anything as dangerous as skin cancer. The presence of numerous irregular moles is a forewarning that you may develop a malignancy. The more moles a person has, the greater the risk of developing atypical moles and potentially melanoma.
WHY ARE SOME MOLES HAIRY?
Hair can grow through a mole’s surface if the mole is located over a hair follicle. It doesn’t sprout from the mole itself. Since moles are deeply pigmented, this can cause hair to come out coarse and dark. Therefore, these hairs look darker than the hairs surrounding the mole.
DO BABIES GET MOLES?
Babies do get moles that are either present at birth or emerge later in the newborn. These are called congenital moles. The body grows much, much faster than moles do. Children commonly continue developing moles until the third decade of life.
CAN I STILL GET MOLES AFTER AGE 30?
Yes. However, these moles need to be carefully monitored. Moles that develop after age 30 may put you at risk for skin cancer. If you develop brand-new moles at this age or later, they could be dangerous. Your regular skin care routine should include inspection of moles if you are in this age group.
IS PLASTIC SURGERY GOOD FOR MOLE REMOVAL?
Absolutely! Skintastic, of Dallas and Plano, Texas, provides facial cosmetic plastic surgery that delivers optimal results for mole removal that will enhance your beauty and increase your self-esteem. Our highly educated and experienced cosmetic surgeons combine art and science utilizing state-of-the-art PicoSure Laser Skin Revitalization technology to give you mole-free radiance. (Please note that individual results may vary.)
We also furnish other exceptional skin care services you’ll love, including:
On top of all of this, we offer our exclusive Skincentives monthly membership. It includes your favorite treatments such as microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, facial skin tightening and more! You can choose from three packages starting at only $89 a month.
So call Skintastic now to schedule a complimentary consultation, and learn how we can remove your moles and make your mirror your best friend. When it’s results you want, it’s experience you need.
Disclaimer: The above article was intended for informational purposes only. Cosmetic procedures are not one-size-fits-all, and individual results may vary.