Moles: Description, Diagnosis and Treatment
What is a mole?
Moles can be pigmented or skin-colored. They arise in the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) of the skin and can be present at birth or later in life. It is common for moles to develop throughout childhood. Moles may be flat or elevated, and grow to about the size of a pencil eraser. They can develop any place on the body, and may disappear with time. A changing or irregular mole may indicate cancer. All moles should be examined by a dermatologist, and suspicious lesions should be biopsied. Moles also may be removed if they become irritated and, in certain instances, for cosmetic reasons. Any mole that grows, changes in shape or color or bleeds should be evaluated. To ensure an accurate diagnosis of any suspicious skin lesion, it is important to consult a licensed dermatologist, such as Dr. Ellen Turner.
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Most moles do not require treatment. However, if Dr. Turner feels treatment is necessary, she can remove a mole during an office visit. A few moles will require a second visit. Whether it's one or two visits, a licensed dermatologist such as Dr. Turner can safely and easily remove a mole. She will use one of these procedures:
- Surgical excision: Dr. Turner cuts out the entire mole and stitches the skin closed. If she suspects that the mole contains cancer, she will send the specimen to a lab to be examined under a microscope (this is called a biopsy).
- Surgical shave: Dr. Turner uses a surgical blade to remove the mole.
After a mole is removed, the skin will heal. If the mole grows back, it is important to make another appointment to see Dr. Turner as this may be a sign of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Because Dr. Turner makes a point to practice outstanding patient care, she is committed to listening to concerns and choosing appropriate courses of action for each patient. People coming to her for a consultation can expect the visit to be pleasant, professional, and educational. To schedule a visit with Dr. Turner to discuss therapeutic options for your moles, book an appointment online or call (214) 373-7546.
How much does mole treatment cost?
Costs vary from case to case due to specific treatments and the extent of treatment necessary. Learn more in person or with a phone call.