Freckles and Moles 2017-08-02T06:33:25+00:00

Remove unwanted freckles & moles

Removal of freckles

Are clusters of concentrated melanin which are often visible on people with a fair complexion. A freckle is also called an “ephelis”.

Freckles can be found on anyone regardless of their genetic background.  The amount of freckles, however,  is genetic and is related to the presence of the melanocortin-1 receptor MC1R gene variant.  The formation of freckles is then triggered by exposure to sunlight.  The exposure to UV-B radiation may then activate melanocytes to increase melanin production, which can then cause freckles to become more visible and darker.

Freckles are normally found on the face but they may also appear on any skin exposed to the sun, for example,  the shoulders. Freckles are seldom seen on babies.   With exposure to the sun, freckles will reappear even if they have been altered with creams or lasers and not protected from the sun, but in some cases they do fade with age.

Freckles are not a skin disorder, but people with freckles generally have a lower concentration of photoprotective melanin and are therefore more susceptible to the harmful effects of UV-radiation. It is suggested that they avoid overexposure and use sunscreen.

A sprinkling of freckles is normally considered cute but not everyone is happy with their freckles. At Cosmetic Clinic Laser Services division we are able to remove unwanted freckles using the DeepFX treatment.

DeepFX for the removal of freckles is safe for most people but note that it should not be used if you have taken Accutane(TM) in the past 12 months or if you have a history of keloid formation. It should also not be used if you have a history of poor wound healing or demonstrate excessive or unusually prolonged erythema, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation upon laser test patching.

Removal of unwanted moles

melanocytic nevus which is also known as “Nevocytic nevus”, is a type of lesion that contains nevus cells (a type of melanocyte). Some sources equate the term mole with “melanocytic nevus” whilst other sources reserve the term “mole” for other purposes. Removing unwanted moles is a procedure which must be carried out by professionals.

Most moles appear during the first two decades of a person’s life although about one in every 100 babies is born with moles.  Acquired moles are a form of benign neoplasm, while congenital moles, or congenital nevi, are considered a minor malformation or hamartoma and may be at a higher risk for melanoma.  A mole can be either subdermal (under the skin) or a pigmented growth on the skin,   formed mostly of a type of cell known as a melanocyte.  The high concentration of the body’s pigmenting agent, melanin, is responsible for the dark color of moles.  Moles are a member of the family of skin lesions known as nevi.  Interestingly, People with white skin have, on average, 30 moles with some having up to 400 moles.

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At Cosmetic Clinic we are so enthusiastic about the service we provide that we are prepared to offer you a free assessment sessions with trained counselors in either Roodepoort, Pretoria(Lynnwood) or Benoni and we suggest you book your session right away to have all your questions answered.