Knowing the difference between moles, freckles and serious skin conditions like skin cancer is an important part of both your cosmetic goals and your overall health.
Both moles and freckles are very common and occur as a result of skin pigmentation. Specialized skin cells called melanocytes produce different types of melanin. The darker coloration of freckles and moles depends on how many of the melanocytes cluster together, and how much melanin those clusters produce.
Freckles are small to medium pale brown spots that usually occur across larger areas of the skin, while moles are brown or black dark spots of various sizes that often reside alone.
They are frequently caused by exposure of skin to the sun and are often temporary, whereas moles are long-lasting and are only indirectly associated with sun exposure.
Many people are born with moles, and though moles can disappear over years, most last a lifetime. Moles that develop or change quickly are the moles you need to be concerned about, as these could be melanomas — a serious type of skin cancer.
Laser treatments is apt for treating pigmented lesions such as freckles, birthmarks, and moles, as well as tattoo removal. The laser produces a short, high power pulsed beam, which allows for the production of light pulses to be much higher than a continuous, constant beam. Lasers are considered the gold standard for most mole removal procedures because the repetition and high pulsed energies have the ability to more effectively break up the mole.
Laser system is uniquely able to produce very short pulses of intense light that are selectively absorbed by treatment-specific pigments in mole. Its benefits include:
• Safe and effective procedure
• Minimal recovery times
• Suitable for all skin types
• No scalpel, no sutures
• Controlled, accurate and precise
• Exceptionally well-tolerated by patients
It is widely recognized in the medical community that lasers are a simple, fast, effective and safe tool for removing a wide variety of benign pigmented lesions, such as freckles, age spots, birthmarks, moles etc. Laser treatment of pigmented lesions is quick, suture less, has a rapid healing time and produces excellent results. It is suitable for all ethnic skin types.