Getting to Know Your Moles

What You Should Know About Moles

Familiarising yourself with your moles is important as any unusual changes in their size, shape or colour could be a sign of a developing melanoma. When you know what your moles usually look like and you check them regularly, it will be much easier to notice these changes so that you can visit the clinic for mole removal in London.

What Does a Mole Look Like?

A mole is just a small dark spot on your skin, usually circular or oval in shape, with a smooth border. Most moles are brown in colour, but some can be lighter or darker looking. The surface can sometimes raised and it may be rougher than the surrounding skin. Sometimes you might notice a new mole that wasn’t there before or a mole that has become fainter or stronger. This is particularly common during periods of hormonal change, such as adolescence, pregnancy, and as you enter middle age. These changes don’t necessarily mean that you need a mole removal, but it is still a good idea to visit the London clinic for an expert opinion.

Types of Moles

Moles can be classified into several different types according to their appearance. Junctional melanocytic naevi are round, brown and flat, while compound melanocytic naevi tend to be lighter brown, raised moles that may grow hairs. Dermal melanocytic naevi are the other common type of mole. They also tend to be raised and hairy, but they are usually pale in colour.
Other types of moles are less common. Halo naevi are surrounded by a paler circle of skin that has lost is colour. Blue naevi have an unusual dark bluish colour. Dysplastic naevi are often the most worrying looking moles, although they aren’t necessarily cancerous. They tend to be fairly large and to look a little bit odd as they come in a range of different colours and can have a rough surface.

As long as these moles aren’t bothering you and they stay looking the same, there usually isn’t any need to visit the clinic for mole removal in London. However, if you are worried about a mole or it starts changing, you should see your dermatologist.