We’ve all got spots. But are they freckles? Moles? Something more serious? It’s important to know something about these skin pigmentations, when they require medical attention and when they can be removed for better-looking skin.
Both of freckles and moles are common, especially in people with lighter skin. Skin cells called melanocytes can cluster together and produce freckles or moles.
Darker spots of pigment that are longer-lasting, moles are only partly caused by spending time in the sun. Most moles are “normal” and rarely turn into a melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer. However, moles that change appearance rapidly or show “atypical” characteristics should be reported to your family doctor.
A checklist for when you should contact your medical provider about a mole includes:
- Changes shape, texture or height
- Turns hard or lumpy
- Changes unevenly in size—smaller or bigger
- Changes color
- Becomes dry or scaly
- Begins itching
- Bleeds or oozes
The small brownish spots known as freckles are caused by sun exposure. Freckles happen when the body’s defense mechanism reacts to the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you have fair skin, you’re more likely to produce freckles.
Most freckles aren’t anything to worry about, although they are a sign of sun damage. If you are bothered by your freckles, laser treatments can give you smoother, clearer skin by by removing or lightening these spots. Our staff uses the PicoSure Focus Lens Array to break up pigment particles in very small areas of tissue. Using the best technology available, NeoPulse treatments offer the best results.
To schedule your freckle removal consultation, call the NeoPulse office in Roanoke, Virginia at 540-283-6015. You can also submit a request—a NeoPulse team member will contact you with more information.