Mole Removal

What are Moles?

Moles are common and almost every adult has at least one mole. Adults who have fair skin frequently have more moles. Individuals can have anywhere from 10 to 40 moles on their skin. This is completely normal. Moles are generally nothing to worry about and it is normal for new moles to appear during adolescence and as a person develops. Moles also grow as a child grows into an adult. Certain moles may darken while others lighten in color. When moles change in appearance, become itchy, they bleed, or grow unexpectedly a greater issue may be present. This is when it is important to see a dermatologist.

How do Dermatologists Treat Moles?

Most moles don’t need treatment however a dermatologist will remove a mole which:

  • Looks suspicious
  • Bothers a patient
  • Is unattractive to the patient

A dermatologist can remove a mole during an office visit and multiple moles can be treated over time. A dermatologist can perform a:

  • Surgical excision: The dermatologist cuts out the entire mole and stitches the skin closed. This is usually used for probable cancer.
  • Surgical shave: The dermatologist uses a surgical blade to shave down the mole.
  • If a mole grows back, make another appointment with the dermatologist so it can be evaluated.

What Can I Do to Protect My Skin?

  • If you observe a mole on your skin which is changing, itching, or bleeding, make an appointment with the dermatologist.
  • Perform self-exams of your skin because it can help you detect concerns early.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. Being out in the sun can increase the likelihood of developing moles and cancer. Prolonged exposure to tanning beds and sun lamps will also cause skin cancer.

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