What is it?
Moles or “beauty marks” can appear as flat dots of brown pigment, or bumpy or raised moles, with or without pigment. They can be present from birth, or can appear with age, hormone changes, and sun exposure. It is very important that abnormal moles are examined by the dermatologist, so that potential malignancies are identified and treated. Melanoma is a form of skin cancer which can spread to other areas of the body, and it can start out as a pigmented mole which undergoes abnormal growth and changes.
Sun exposure can make more moles appear, or darken existing moles
Sun Protection such as wearing UV protective fabrics and sunscreen that offers UVB and UVA coverage
|Treatment Option||Key Benefit||Average Number of Treatments||Amount of Downtime||Comfort Measures|
|Q-Switched Ruby laser||Gradually fades or clears flat brown moles||1-3||Red and swollen like a hive for few days, some crusting possible for 3-5 days||Typically no numbing cream is required|
|CO2 laser resurfacing||Flattens a raised or bumpy mole||1||The CO2 laser vaporizes the mole so there is a small burn wound for about 1 week||Dr. will numb the area with lidocaine injection|