What Are Moles?
Moles are common to most people. While most are not a medical concern, some can indicate a serious medical problem such as skin cancer. At Carroll Dermatology Surgery and Laser Institute in West Palm Beach, we evaluate moles and determine if removal or treatment is necessary. Some patients choose to have benign, non-cancerous moles removed for appearance reasons.
Moles can appear anywhere on the body and are usually round or oval shaped. Their color is normally shades of brown or black, and their texture can be smooth, rough, flat or raised. They form when the skin pigmentation cells grow together instead of their normal spacing on the skin. In addition to a full body screening each year, we recommend you personally check your moles for any changes in color, shape, size or texture.
Moles can be removed for a variety of reasons:
- Cosmetic discomfort
- Physical discomfort
- Cancerous or precursor of cancer
Dr. Carroll closely examines your moles to see if they need removal using one of these specialized dermatology procedures.
- Surgical excision in which an entire mole can be removed using stitches
- Surgical shave in which a surgical blade is used to remove the mole
Your mole should not return after mole removal; however, you should contact Dr. Carroll immediately if a removed mole returns as it may be a sign of melanoma skin cancer. It is important to remember that only a trained doctor should perform mole removal. Improperly removing a mole can cause scarring, infection or potential spread of cancer if the mole in fact is cancerous.
To discuss mole removal with Dr. Carroll, please fill out this form or call 561-223-6238 to schedule an appointment.