Moles – Beauty Marks or Trouble Spots?
Ella Tan | On 31, Jan 2015
A mole in the right place can be lucky according to the Chinese almanac, and also add a charming distinguishing feature. Just look at Cindy Crawford, Natalie Portman, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Eva Mendes, Rachel McAdams, Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively, and even Robert de Niro.
But moles can also evolve into something nasty, so you should be checking your moles, not just on your face but all over, including on your back and the back of your neck if you spend a lot of time outdoors when it’s sunny.
There’s no need for paranoia, but here are some holy-moly basics you should know.
We ask: Dr Lynn Teo, Consultant Dermatologist at The Dermatology Practice. Dr Teo has more than 14 years of medical experience from training and working in London and Singapore. Her clinical interests are in hair loss and scalp disorders, and in immune system conditions affecting the skin. She trained in hair transplant procedures and dermatosurgery at Mount Sinai Medical Centre, New York.
|The Dermatology Practice is at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, #07-60-62, 3 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563 (tel. 6694 3290)|
1. We know that moles are usually in two colours, brown shades or black. So, what are the red ones?
Moles can be red too or even skin coloured. More commonly, red small tack-size growths on the skin are due to collections of blood vessels and are called angiomas. They are not dangerous but may bleed if traumatized.
2. When should we seek the attention of a GP or dermatologist?
Please know what the moles and growths on your skin look and feel like so that you can detect any changes that occur straight away. Any change to growths on the skin should prompt a skin check by a doctor. These include changes in size, colour, symmetry, and /or itch, pain, bleeding etc.