Moles are pigmented skin spots, that are usually round in shape and flat or slightly raised. They are typically brownish in color, but may be tan, pink, red, black, bluish, or colorless. Most adults have at least a few moles – 10 to 40 are normal – and children can be born with them (congenital moles). Moles are usually no problem. However, there are three situations where you should consider having one removed:
- If you feel the mole is unattractive, such as one on the face or neck.
- If the mole is in an awkward location where clothing or daily activity causes it to rub, feel uncomfortable, and possibly bleed.
- If a mole changes shape, starts to grow, itches, or bleeds – these symptoms could be an indication of skin cancer and need to be evaluated.
Removal by an experienced dermatologist is usually a single, in-office treatment. Your doctor will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort, and then remove it surgically. This can be performed by either a shave technique or an excision with stitches. If there is any concern with cancer, the mole will be biopsied (sent to a lab for further evaluation).
“Dr. Mamelak removed a mole off my chest and the results were amazing. I cannot even find the spot that was removed. He is an excellent surgeon and I would highly recommend him.”
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