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Moles

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.

Lifestyle Factors

Sun exposure can make more moles appear, or darken existing moles

Skincare Adjuncts

Sun Protection such as wearing UV protective fabrics and sunscreen that offers UVB and UVA coverage

Treatment Options

Treatment OptionKey BenefitAverage Number of TreatmentsAmount of DowntimeComfort Measures
Q-Switched Ruby laserGradually fades or clears flat brown moles1-3Red and swollen like a hive for few days, some crusting possible for 3-5 daysTypically no numbing cream is required
CO2 laser resurfacingFlattens a raised or bumpy mole1The CO2 laser vaporizes the mole so there is a small burn wound for about 1 weekDr. will numb the area with lidocaine injection