Dermatologist Mole Removal
Moles, also called nevi, are common growths on the skin that are usually black or brown. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin and they may be flat or elevated. Most moles appear in childhood and during the first 20 years of life. The majority of moles appear by the age of 40, though new ones may appear much later. It is normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood.
As the years pass, some moles may change slowly, becoming raised and/or changing color. Hairs may develop in a mole. This is not an indicator of a dangerous mole. Some moles may not change at all, while others may slowly disappear over time. As the mole disappears, a white ring may appear around it as the melanocytes go away. This is known as Halo Nevus. This is not a dangerous phenomenon.
Most moles are not dangerous, particularly those that have a regular shape, even color and well-defined borders. A raised or irregular surface is not an indicator of a dangerous mole. However, as all moles are made up of melanocytes, all moles have a potential to form a Melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer made of abnormal melanocytes. The higher risk moles have irregularities of shape and pigment (see the ABCDEs of melanoma).
Types of Moles
I’m 21 years old and I had a suspicious mole and Dr. Brian Mekelburg took a biopsy and it was a Melanoma. I’m so thankful that he caught it early. I trust Dr. Brian Mekelburg and I’m very Thankful! He’s very kind and always takes his time with me. Love his staff too. I recommend him and give him 5 stars.
Please note that results may vary from patient to patient.
Examining Moles and Skin Tags
It is a primary job for the dermatologist to perform a comprehensive skin exam, to look for suspicious moles. Those with a family history of skin cancer, especially melanoma, should take note. A yearly skin exam is recommended for everyone, regardless of skin type or race. Regardless of why you visit us, we offer such an exam to all our patients.
Contact Dr. Brian Mekelburg for a complete exam of your moles and skin tags.