Moles are clusters of melanocytes, or cells that give your skin its natural pigmentation. When you’re young, they can form in small bumps or patches on the skin. These are usually brownish or black in color and can form anywhere on the body. Moles are perfectly normal and harmless, but they can become cancerous.
Virtually everyone has a mole on their body. If you’re bothered by the appearance of moles and want them removed, your board-certified dermatologist can remove them with a variety of different methods.
Some people are born with many moles, which may be large or small. Large moles are not necessarily cancerous, but it’s best to have them regularly checked by a board-certified dermatologist.
- Flat or raised
- Black or brown
- Hairy or hairless
Your mole removal method can depend on whether it’s determined to be cancerous or not. Your dermatologist will assess your mole first and perform a biopsy if needed.
- Photofacial (IPL)
- Surgical excision
- Chemical peel
- Shave removal
With certain techniques, there may be a chance of visible scarring. Your dermatologist can make sure your skin remains clear and that any scars are easily concealed or faded with the right products. If your mole is determined to be cancerous, then your dermatologist can help you learn more about your next steps.
- Jan T.
“I was able to get an appointment in a reasonable time. I was in and out in less than a half-hour and that included taking a biopsy and freezing about a dozen pre-cancer sports. They are going to send the results to my dermatologist in Sun City West."
It’s important to care for your treatment area after mole removal, and you’ll be given detailed instructions by our team. To have the greatest chance of preventing scarring, make sure to follow them exactly. The most important aspect of your aftercare is keeping the area protected from sun exposure with sunscreen (SPF 30+) or UV protective clothing. Also avoid going outside in the sun during the middle hours of the day. This will help reduce the chances of cancerous activity. It’s also important to make sure and check your remaining moles for changes and regularly meet with your dermatologist for a professional skin cancer check.
Mole removal is a quick and easy way to feel more comfortable in your skin. To learn more, schedule an appointment with our experienced team at our Mesa office by calling or filling out our online form.
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