Moles can be found on everyone’s body. They are very common and usually benign. They are formed when a group of pigments (called melanocytes) rises toward the upper layer of the skin. If moles are present at birth, they are called birthmarks. They can also appear during childhood and continue to develop well into adulthood. There are various times when it’s a good idea to seek mole removal.
Mole development is often determined by genetic makeup and how often your skin is exposed to the sun. Moles can be categorized into two groups: healthy and unhealthy. Healthy and normal moles are usually flesh-colored, tannish, and brown. They are occasionally blue or black as well. They can be flat or slightly raised. They appear to be circular or oval in shape and have distinct, clear edges. They should also be small in size.
Unhealthy and irregular moles have characteristics that are the opposite of healthy moles. They are prone to color change. The elevation of the mole will be dynamic. These blemishes will be bigger than the size of a pencil head eraser. They can bleed and be painful to the touch. They can be noticeable and unattractive in appearance.
Irregular moles are often cancerous, so it is important to monitor the moles on your skin with the ABCDE method. The ABCDE method is a health checklist used to determine if the mole is malignant. Be vigilant about the evolution of the mole. Any sudden changes means it’s time to make a trip to our office.
Mole removal is a necessity if it is cancerous. If the doctor determines this is the case, it needs to be removed as soon as possible. This is done in the comfort of our office.