Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Quincy, MA & Plymouth, MA
Not all moles are the same: Some are personal and cute, while others are abnormal and can be dangerous to your health. If you notice that a mole on your body bleeds, grows, or itches, it isn’t normal. The DermASAP teams in Quincy and Plymouth, Massachusetts, are experienced in detecting unsafe moles and screening them for cancer. DermASAP also offers mole removal so that you can rest easy knowing that a problem mole is off your body. If you’re concerned about a mole, call or schedule an appointment online at DermASAP.
Mole Removal Q & A
What are moles?
Moles are extra-pigmented spots on your body. Most are flat, but they can be raised, too. While moles are natural and you were probably born with a few, some can develop over time with frequent sun exposure.
Some moles can develop into melanoma, a type of skin cancer. It’s important to keep an eye on your new and pre-existing moles for changes in appearance and texture that could indicate the development of melanoma.
When should I have a mole removed?
If you suspect that you’ve developed melanoma, there are several warning signs that could indicate a mole that needs further examination. These include:
- A change in shape
- A change in color
- A change in elevation
- Irregular shape
If you notice any change in your mole’s appearance, you should contact DermASAP for an examination. If your doctor catches a melanoma in its early stages, you can have it removed before it metastasizes, or spreads.
Even if mole removal isn’t medically necessary, you can opt to have one removed if you find it unattractive or if it rubs against your clothes or jewelry.
How are moles removed?
DermASAP offers two types of mole removal. Depending on the type of mole that you have, your doctor will select the method that is best for your situation.
Shave removal is typically used on moles that are raised and inaccessible locations. Before the procedure, your doctor will numb the area around your mole with local anesthesia. Then, they shave your mole so that it no longer protrudes. This is the less invasive option and doesn’t require stitches. Since the part of the mole that lies flush with your skin hasn’t been removed, it can grow back.
In this more invasive procedure, your doctor will apply local anesthesia before cutting the entire mole out of your skin. This is the best option for moles that are cancerous or when your doctor has recommended a biopsy for further examination because the mole cannot grow back after the procedure. Since some moles lie deep under your skin, you’ll likely need stitches to close the hole that is left behind. You may also develop a scar after the point of excision has healed.
If you’re interested in having a mole removed for aesthetic or medical purposes, call or schedule an appointment online at DermASAP.
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