Most moles occur in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Abnormal collection of pigment producing cells known as melanocytes in the skin result in moles. Most moles are dark but some moles may be light or skin-coloured. The appearance of a mole may change with age, becoming raised and dome-shaped with time. These changes do not mean cancerous changes.
If moles develop irregular borders, bleeding or sudden increase in size, you should consult our dermatologists.
Removal methods differ depending on type (flat or protruding) and colour (dark or lightly pigmented) of the mole.
Surgical excision may be required for protuberant moles, and sent for further examination if skin cancer is suspected. After surgery, the mole will be replaced by a line scar. For flat or less protuberant moles, shave excision or laser therapy can be used for mole removal. Laser will lighten the pigment and result in less scarring than surgery.