What are moles?
A mole or melanocytic naevus is formed of a cluster of pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Some moles may be present from birth and we call these congenital naevi. Other common moles include
These are flat moles with dark uniform pigment. The naevus cells sit at the junction of the epidermis and dermis.
The naevus cells sit in dermis creating a raised domed mole often with a light brown or pink colour.
Naevus cells sit in dermis but also the dermo-epidermal junction creating a raised pigmented lesion
These have a mixed pattern of 2 different moles in one lesion.
The naevus cells sit deep in the dermis creating a blue tint to the pigmentation seen on the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people worry about moles and don't know what to look out for to distinguish between normal and worrying moles. There are some commonly asked questions answered below, if you have a mole which is new, changing or causing you concern, you can book a consultation below
"Is it true that plucking your hair from a mole or injuring it, can cause cancer?"
Removing a hair from your mole will not cause cancer. Moles that become inflamed can be difficult to assess when they are red and sore. As a general rule if moles are frequently traumatized by catching or rubbing on clothing you may wish to remove them. It is important to note that if a mole changes and becomes crusted, bleeding or itchy it will need to be assessed by a dermatologist as it may be a sign of cancerous change.