For most mole removal patients, the main concern is their appearance, which depending on the location and presentation of the mole, can be for a wide variety of reasons unwelcome. Perhaps the worst kind of mole, aesthetically, is one that appears on the face and has hair sprouting. Often the hair can grow longer or thicker or even a different color to the surrounding area, attracting further attention.
Why do Moles Grow Hairs?
Moles are made of skin cells and share many of the properties including the potential to grow hair. Hairy moles tend to appear in areas where hair is prone to grow i.e. the chin and upper lip (this applies to women as well as men). These areas have strong hair roots, so growth can be surprisingly fast and thick.
Is it safe to remove hair from a mole?
There is no evidence to suggest that removing hairs from moles is harmful in any way. Most moles are not ‘cancerous’ and do not have the potential to become so. However, it is sensible to treat this area with some caution to avoid sensitivity which could cause redness or swelling. Satori Laser typically avoids the area where the mole is located – especially if it’s a raised mole. If the mole is small, then we would treat it normally.
Can I use laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal using traditional lasers is not effective, as traditional IPL seeks out dark hair against the light skin in order to destroy the hair follicle. In the case of a mole, the skin is already dark so the hair will not contrast against it. However, advanced laser technology such as the Candela system can be used on dark hair and skin and may be suitable for removing hair on moles.
For ugly, hairy moles; mole removal is the fastest and most comprehensive solution. This will remove the mole and the hair all in one go. Mole removal is a very simple and quick procedure with a trained doctor, requiring just a local anesthetic. There will be a tiny scar after healing which will have normal skin characteristics i.e. will not regrow the thick/long mole hair. Laser mole removal or surgical techniques such as shave excision or ellipse excision are available in the private sector.
Although it’s mentioned as frequently, one of the services that Satori Laser offers is mole removal. Feel free to have both mole and hair removal done when you visit us. If you would like more information on how we deal with moles, stop by for a free consultation!