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Mole Removal: What to Expect
Worried about that mole? A mole is a dark spot or irregularity in the skin. Everyone is at risk of skin cancer and should keep an eye on their skin and moles. Simply thinking about having a skin mole removed might send shivers down your spine, but sometimes it’s necessary for your health. For example, if a biopsy is cancerous, removing the mole can help to stop any cancer from growing more. But many individuals also have moles removed for cosmetic reasons.
What Causes Moles?
Skin moles occur in all races and skin colors. Some individuals are born with moles. Most skin moles appear in early childhood and during the first 20 years of a person's life. New moles appearing after age 35 may require medical evaluation, and possible biopsy. Some moles appear later in life. Sun exposure seems to play a role in the development of skin moles. People with high levels of exposure to UV light tend to have more moles. However, moles may also occur in sun-protected areas.
How Is It Done?
Mole removal is a simple kind of surgical procedure. Your doctor will likely choose one of two ways: surgical shave or surgical excision. Surgical shave is done more often on small skin moles. After numbing the area, your healthcare provider will use a blade to shave off the mole and some tissue underneath it. Stitches aren’t usually required. During the surgical excision procedure, your doctor will numb the area. He or she will use a circular blade or scalpel to cut out the mole and some skin around it. The doctor will then stitch the skin closed.
Can a Mole Grow Back?
There's a small chance that a mole can grow back after mole surgery, although there's no way to predict whether this will happen. It's important to understand that no surgery has a 100 percent cure rate. Some mole cells may remain in the skin and may recur in the same area. Some skin moles are more aggressive than others and need closer follow-up and additional treatment.
Are There Any Risks?
Risks of mole removal methods include infection, rare anesthetic allergy, and very rare nerve damage. Follow your doctor's instructions to care for the wound until it heals. This means keeping it covered, clean and moist. The area may bleed a little when you get home, especially if you take medications that thin your blood. It's always prudent to choose a doctor with appropriate skills and experience with these removals. This will lower the risks associated with this procedure.
Take charge of your health today. Regular self-skin examinations and annual skin examinations by a doctor help people find early skin cancers. If you need a mole check, find a dermatologist near you and schedule your annual skin cancer screening.A simple skin cancer screening could save your life.
How your dermatologist in Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, NJ, can help with mole removal
Nearly everyone has moles; big moles, little moles, flat moles, elevated moles, all kinds of moles. The question is, when should you get your moles checked out by a dermatologist? Dr. Marc Meulener at Choice Dermatology offers a full range of skin care services including mole evaluation and removal. He has two convenient office locations in Elizabeth, NJ, and Basking Ridge, NJ, to help your skin stay healthy and beautiful.
Moles are very common. Moles are caused by melanocytes, the skin cells responsible for skin color. When the melanocytes clump together, a mole appears. Most moles are normal, but it’s still a good idea to check your moles regularly and look for any signs of early skin cancer, such as:
- An asymmetrical or non-uniform mole
- A mole with irregular, ragged borders
- A mole which has a diameter over 6 millimeters
- A mole that has changed in height, shape, color or size
- A mole that has reformed after being removed previously
- A mole that itches, burns, or is painful
- Oozing or bleeding coming from a mole
If you notice a mole with any of the irregularities listed above, you should seek out the help from your Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, NJ, dermatologist. Dr. Meulener can advise you on whether you should have the mole removed or have a biopsy performed to determine whether the mole tissue is abnormal.
There are several ways to remove a mole. Dr. Meulener can recommend the option best for you. Common mole removal methods include:
- Shaving the mole; the area is numbed and the mole is taken out by cutting underneath and around it. This treatment is performed on small moles and doesn’t require sutures.
- Surgically removing the mole; the area is numbed and a punching instrument is used to extract the entire mole. The surgery area is closed with small sutures.
Do a self-check of your moles every day. To find out more about mole treatment and removal, how to prevent skin cancer, and help for other skin issues, call Dr. Meulener at Choice Dermatology. Call (908) 766-7546 to schedule an appointment at the Basking Ridge, NJ, office or (908) 355-0112 to schedule an appointment at the Elizabeth, NJ, office!
It’s not uncommon for a person to have a mole. In fact, some people have dozens of them all over their body. But in some cases, a mole can turn into a type of skin cancer called a melanoma. As tempting as it may be to ignore or avoid a potentially problematic mole, it’s best to go in for an examination at Choice Dermatology in Basking Ridge and Elizabeth, NJ as soon as possible for your peace of mind.
What Is a Mole?
A mole is a small gathering of cells on the skin that is usually darker in color compared to the rest of the skin. It is usually slightly raised and circular in shape, however, in some cases a mole may be what is called “atypical.” It is most common in lighter skinned people. Unlike a scab or acne sore, a mole is not something that you can easily pick or tweeze off. Sometimes a patient is born with a mole (sometimes called a “birthmark”), while in other cases it appears later in life. Moles can be hereditary.
When Should a Mole Be Checked?
Moles are usually benign, but as a patient ages the cells could begin to change. Also, constant exposure to the sun can also affect mole cells. If you have a mole that has been the same for a long time and it suddenly starts changing, whether in color, size, or shape you should have it checked by your Basking Ridge and Elizabeth, NJ dermatologist. Also, if the mole starts to become painful or bleeds, see your doctor. If anyone in your family has a history of melanoma, you should have moles checked regularly.
Some patients want to know if a benign mole should be removed or left alone. Your dermatologist will likely recommend that you leave it alone if it is normal. A mole can be removed by a doctor using a surgical procedure called excision. If a mole contains cancer cells, it’s important to have it diagnosed as soon as possible for the treatment.
See Your Dermatologist
You can get your mole checked out at Choice Dermatology in Basking Ridge and Elizabeth, NJ. Call (908) 766-7546 or (908) 355-0112 today and make an appointment to see Dr. Marc Meulener.