Different people have a different perceptions of beauty. But most people don’t want moles on their faces. Well, except Cindy Crawford.
The human form is known to grow a variety of skin lesions: moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentigines, and seborrheic keratoses. When they get in the way or make you self-conscious, the team at the Matsuda can remove them.
Moles and you
Moles can grow anywhere on the skin ad are usually brown or black. Most moles develop in early adulthood over the first 30 years of a person’s life. If you have a few you’re not alone — the average person has between 10 and 40 moles!
Over time, those moles change. Some will develop hairs. Others will become more raised or change color. Others will disappear.
Moles occur when melanocyte cells (responsible for skin color) grow in clusters rather than being spread throughout the skin. Due to their pigment relationship, some moles darken with sun exposure, during the hormonal teenage years, and during pregnancy.
Moles and cancer
The vast majority of moles are simply hanging out, kind of like your average high school student. They are harmless. Occasionally a mole changes color, height, size, or shape. That’s when you need to get it checked. Cancerous growths also usually form after age 30, while moles usually form well before then.
It is rare for a mole to turn into melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. However, people with more than 50 miles are more likely to develop melanoma.
These are warning signs with moles:
• A mole changes color
• Its size changes unevenly
• It changes height, shape, or texture
• Skin becomes rough and scaly
• Mole feels hard or lumpy
• It itches, oozes, or bleeds.
If you have any of the above warning signs, or if your mole is simply becoming an irritation (such as on your bra strap line), call us at Matsuda, 808-949-7568, and let’s take a look at it.
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