Mole RemovalCoral Gables, FL
While most moles are harmless, some moles can carry the risk of developing melanoma and will require removal. It is unnecessary to remove benign moles, but people can choose to remove them if they are bothersome or unattractive. Mole removal procedures are relatively simple to excise harmless or suspicious moles.
Mole removal is available at Dermbar MD in Coral Gables and the surrounding area. Our team safely removes moles to ensure your skin stays healthy and well-protected. Call us today at 305-230-4485 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Reasons for Mole Removal
Moles are a cluster of skin cells, typically black or brown, that can appear anywhere on the body. Most moles appear before the age of 20 and are benign or non-cancerous. Although it is unnecessary to remove these harmless moles, people can choose to have them removed for various reasons, including its appearance or how it feels.
Moles that people should have removed are ones that have changed over time. Differences in a mole’s size, color, or shape could be a warning sign of skin cancer. A biopsy is necessary to determine whether a mole is cancerous or not. If the results show that the mole is cancerous, then the mole and the border will require removal to eliminate the cancer cells.
Normal Moles Vs. Atypical Moles
A type of skin cancer called melanoma can develop in or near a mole. Fortunately, melanoma is curable when caught early on and treated. People must have their skin examined for any changes. Normal moles on the body are one color, round in shape, flat or slightly raised, and look the same from month to month.
People who notice a mole or new spot with any signs of melanoma should contact us as soon as possible. These signs include:
- Asymmetry: One side of the mole is not symmetric to the other side.
- Border: The mole has irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined borders.
- Color: The mole varies in color from one area to another.
- Diameter: The mole is larger than a pencil eraser, but can be smaller.
- Evolving: The mole is changing in size, color, or shape.
Methods of Mole Removal
Mole removal is a simple surgery that usually involves one of two methods, surgical excision or a surgical shave. Surgical excision is the popular choice for cosmetically sensitive areas where an optimal scar is preferred. During this procedure, we will map out the mole before cleaning and numbing the area. Then they will use a scalpel to cut out the mole and the surrounding border before stitching the wound.
Surgical shaves are more common for smaller moles. This method involves numbing the area and using a small blade to shave off the mole and some of the tissue beneath it. Then, we will use an electrical instrument or solution over the treatment site to stop any bleeding. Surgical shaves do not require stitches and are covered with a bandage instead.
After Mole Removal
Patients should follow all aftercare instructions after mole removal to prevent an infection from happening. Caring for the wound involves keeping it clean, covered, and moist. Simple mole removals do not usually require follow-up office visits. However, this will vary on the type of mole removed.
Once the mole tissue is analyzed, people are notified of any indications of any abnormal results. If this happens, then a follow-up is necessary to recheck the area and examine the rest of the body. A follow-up appointment may also be necessary to remove any stitches. If the mole grows back, immediately make another appointment with us as it could be a sign of melanoma.
Call Us Today
Mole removal procedures are available to safely and effectively remove bothersome or suspicious moles. Our team at Dermbar MD can help. Call us today at 305-230-4485 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a mole become cancerous?
Most moles do not become cancerous. However, people with many moles or unusual ones should have regular full skin examinations. This regular monitoring allows the identification of any changes in moles that look suspicious.
What are the risks of mole removal?
A common risk of mole removal is a scar. Like any other surgical procedure, infection is also a possible risk. However, following aftercare instructions will minimize the risk of infection.
What happens if I remove a mole myself?
Although home removal methods sound convenient and simple, they are not proven to work and are potentially dangerous. Removing a mole at home with a sharp object like a knife or scissors can increase infection risk and create a permanent scar. Another risk of home removal is the inability to tell whether a mole is cancerous or not.
How much border tissue is cut out during surgical excision?
The size of the border will depend on the level of concern regarding the role. If there is concern that the mole could be cancerous or precancerous, we may remove a larger border to excise the mole completely. If the mole is not cancerous, then a smaller border will be excised.
What are the risk factors for melanoma?
Risk factors for melanoma include having fair skin, light hair or eye color, or a family history of melanoma. People with intense sun exposure with blistering sunburns, tanning salon usage, or sun sensitivity also have a higher risk of melanoma. People who have any of these risk factors should protect their skin from the sun, perform self-skin examinations and have regular professional follow-up visits.
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