Moles

What is it?

Moles are benign growths of the pigment-producing cells in our skin, called melanocytes. Moles generally occur during the first three decades of life and may be present anywhere on the body, including skin that is not exposed to the sun. While most moles are not dangerous, it is important to identify new or changing moles, which may be atypical and could represent melanoma, a type of skin cancer. During your visit to Thomas Dermatology, our providers will perform detailed skin examinations to identify any suspicious moles and take action if necessary. We will also educate you on the warning signs associated with suspicious moles and the preventative measures you can take in your daily lives to protect your moles from the harmful effects of the sun.

How do we treat it?

Moles are easy to remove and these procedures are extremely common. Moles can be removed either through surgical excision or shaving. Once the mole is removed our team will examine the mole in order to check for signs of skin cancer.

What can I expect from my appointment?

If you have a mole that you want removed this can usually be done in only one or two office visits dependent on the size of the mole. Our team of dermatologic experts will carefully examine the affected area and answer any questions that you may have. During our examination we will ask you questions about your health, symptoms and medications in order to provide you the most effective treatment plan.

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