Moles, also called Nevi are common and most people have them. Adults who have light skin often have more moles. They may have 10 to 40 moles on their skin. This is normal. Most moles appear on the skin during childhood and adolescence. Moles will grow as the child (or teen) grows. Some moles will darken, and others will lighten. These changes are expected.
A mole on your body usually has these traits:
One color—often brown, but a mole can be tan, black, red, pink, blue, skin-toned, or colorless
Round in shape
Flat or slightly raised
Unchanged from month to month
Although moles have a distinct look, they may not look alike. Even in the same person, moles can differ in size, shape, or color. Moles can have hair. Some moles will change slowly over time, possibly even disappearing. It's also important to know that moles can appear anywhere on the skin. They can develop on your scalp, between your fingers and toes, on the soles and palms, and even under your nails.
At The Dermatology Center of Worcester, the team of knowledgeable dermatology professionals offers convenient mole removal in the office.
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Moles can vary in appearance, but most are small, round, and range in color from pink to brown. Mole removal is a minor procedure to remove this type of skin growth in The Dermatology Center of Worcester office.
While most moles are not harmful, they might require removal if they meet the following criteria:
If a mole appears suddenly, grows rapidly, or changes in color or shape, it’s called an atypical mole. The team often recommends removing this type of mole to check it for skin cancer or other abnormalities (a skin biopsy). If the mole is cancerous, removing it completely along with some bordering tissues can be effective.
Some moles may occur in an uncomfortable area. For example, you might have a mole that constantly rubs against your shirt collar. Mole removal is a quick solution.
If you’re not sure whether you need a mole removal procedure, the team is happy to discuss your situation and treatment goals to help you decide.
There are two types of mole removal, including:
A surgical shave uses a surgical blade to cut the mole off the top layers of your skin. The team may use a tiny electrode to lightly mold the borders of the wound after removing the mole to diminish scarring. You may need a topical chemical to stop the bleeding but won’t need stitches with this type of mole removal.
A surgical excision is a more in-depth mole removal that cuts the entire mole out, down to the fatty layer under the skin. Because this type of excision removes more tissue, you’ll need a couple of stitches to close the wound. As with a surgical shave, the team makes every effort to minimize scarring. Your mole may go to the lab to check for skin cancer and other abnormalities.
Schedule your mole removal by calling The Dermatology Center of Worcester or clicking the online scheduler now.
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