Moles are normally colored differently. This post explores skin colored moles on the face, nose and scalp. We also discuss raised skin colored moles and light-colored moles.
Skin Colored Mole on Face, Nose and Leg
Moles can appear in the form of tiny marks caused by melanocytes which are the skin pigment cells. They may be rough or smooth, contain hair or not and either raised or flat. While most of them are either brown or black, there are those that are skin colored.
Moles that are skin colored tend to be less noticeable compared to pigmented moles. They are also known as melanocytic nevus and appear to have the same degree of pigmentation with the skin that is around it. Most people do not recognize them as much as they do other moles.With this kind of moles, the pigmentation of the melanocytes is not imparted on the skin as they are found deep in the dermis. This is as opposed to the dermo-epidermal junction on which most moles are found.
Skin colored mole on face, nose and leg may grow out of an existing pigmented mole or they may appear simultaneously. They start growing past childhood and can appear at any stage thereafter but are quite
rare past the age of 60 years.
They possess the following characteristics:
- They are of the same pigmentation degree as the skin that surrounds them.
- Small in nature at around five millimeters
- They are raised on the skin’s surface
- Older patients may have hair growths on them.
Skin colored moles are very common. Most of the time, they are benign dermatological phenomenon. However, in case a significant growth which results in abrupt increase in size is noted, an excision biopsy should be carried out. Where a skin colored mole suddenly becomes pigmented, there is cause for
alarm too. An excision biopsy should be done to know what it carries.
Normally, there is no treatment required for skin colored mole on face, nose and scalp. The only time this may be done is when it is dried for cosmetic purposes. When this is the case, electro surgical excision or a shave excision may be done. These have great results.Where one feels that the mole is suspicious and requires further diagnosis, an excision biopsy may be carried out.
When dealing with skin colored mole on nose and skin colored mole on face, it is important to have it done by an experienced plastic or dermatological surgeon. This will ensure that the scar that results is least visible and that the mole is not replaced by an ugly scar. This may work against the purpose which the removal is likely to serve. Most of the time dermatologists will detect them as a coincidence during unrelated consultations.
Skin Colored Mole on Scalp
Skin colored moles on the scalp get traumatized through hair brushing, styling and treatments. This may cause pain on it and make one self-conscious especially when their hair is being done by someone who is not familiar with their head. The pulling and tagging along of hair may also make it pain. It is for these reasons that one may wish to have their skin colored mole on scalp removed.
Depending on the appearance of the mole, the dermatologist will decide which method is best to remove it. Most of the time, a shave excision will be done. It involves shaving off the mole from slightly below the surface of the scalp as opposed to deep excision.This leaves a minimal scar and one does not have to shave off their hair for it to be removed. The removed tissue is then sent to a pathologist for examination. The process only takes a few minutes.
Where the mole is being removed for health concerns, the health policy is likely to cover it. It is important to seek clarification first to understand if they will or if one has to cover for all the cost of excision. The dermatologist may be in a position to interpret the policy and where necessary request for pre-authorization. Once the moles have been removed there is a slight possibility that there may be a regrowth. A repeat shave can be done.
Skin Colored Mole on Back
A skin colored mole on back should not be neglected. It should be watched closely just like any other mole during monthly self-inspections. This can be done with the help of a full length mirror and a hand held one. One could also make use of a family member or a friend.
Raised Skin Colored Mole
A raised skin colored mole may not be as noticeable as a pigmented one. However, they are easy to get traumatized which could lead to bleeding. Raised skin colored moles may get caught in clothes, get hurt by an accidental pressure application.
When such a thing happens, it is important to stop mole bleeding. This can be done using normal first aid tips. It is also important to keep watching raised skin colored mole for any changes. Though they mostly are benign, they may become atypical.
Recognizing raised skin colored mole changes early enough will help to analyze and control any melanoma that may be creeping in through the mole.
Flat Skin Colored Mole
A flat mole that is of the same color as the skin is very hard to notice. This is because it is of the same color with its surrounding. Most of the time these tend to be harmless but in case of any changes a dermatologist should be consulted.
Light Colored Mole
Moles can appear anywhere and in different colors. Light colored moles may match the skin color of the person or it could be of lighter shade for people with dark tones.
Since they are not too noticeable, it is important to always inspect light-colored moles for any changes. In case they start changing color, have uneven edges, become enlarged or elevated andchange in color, a dermatologist should be consulted immediately.
This will help to catch any signs of melanoma early enough and as such help in treating it. Other times when one may want to have the mole removed are when the mole starts being itchy or bleeds. Any change on the mole no matter how slight should be discussed with a dermatologist.
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