Most people have moles on their skin, and most of the time they are harmless. However, there are some instances where mole removal will be needed in order to reduce the chances of developing a serious health problem. Here is some information on when to see a doctor and when to have a mole removed.
Types of Moles
Typically, a mole will be a small, brownish spot on the skin that can come in several different sizes and shapes. A congenital mole is one you have had since birth, while most moles are acquired – meaning they develop when you are a child or in your early adulthood. An atypical mole usually has an irregular shape and is quite a bit larger than typical moles. They tend to be hereditary and could pose an increased risk of skin cancer.
When to See a Doctor for Mole Removal
If you suspect you may need mole removal, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. There could be a chance you are showing the early signs of melanoma, a form of skin cancer that can be fatal. Check your skin on a regular basis and get a doctor’s opinion if you either see a new mole or you spot changes in the ones you have. Look for any asymmetry, irregular borders or varied colors. Also, be on the lookout for a mole that changes in color, size or shape, or seems abnormally large.
The mole removal process typically involves numbing the surrounding area and then either cutting it off or shaving it off. Once it is removed, you may need a few stitches to close the wound. Then, the mole will be sent to a lab for testing.
Again, most moles are harmless. But if you have any reason to believe you may need mole removal, speak with an expert at Addison Internal Medicine. Contact us online or call 972-301-7060 to schedule an appointment.