Moles are generally harmless, pigmented growths in the skin that can appear in a variety of colors and sizes. In some cases, however, moles can be a sign of skin cancer. Whether you want to remove a mole for cosmetic reasons or because of health concerns, you can find the care you need at Alta Vista Dermatology. We offer mole removal to the residents of Denver and Highlands Ranch, CO.
Where Do Moles Come From?
There are numerous types of cells in the skin. Those that enable the skin to tan are called melanocytes. In addition to even pigmentation of the skin, melanocytes are also what cause moles to develop. Everyone has at least a few moles that may vary by size and appearance. These spots on the skin are the result of both genetics and our habits as they relate to sun exposure. Moles are as unique as the people they form on. In some cases, moles are fleshy and raised from the skin’s surface. Some people develop flat moles that are very dark or pink. Moles may form very early in life or, conversely, very late. They may also change with time due to growing skin or fluctuations in the body’s biochemical balance.
Are Moles Dangerous?
Most moles are benign growths, meaning they are not cancerous. What we advise our patients to do is become familiar with their skin. The better you know the moles you have, the more quickly and accurately you can identify new growths or changes to a mole that may signal abnormal cellular activity. Monthly skin examinations performed at home can let you know when you need to see your dermatologist for professional assessment and possible treatment. Changes in the texture, shape, color, size, or borders of a mole, or the development of pain, bleeding, or itching are symptoms that your dermatologist should evaluate.
What if I Spot a Suspicious Mole?
Moles that meet the criteria for abnormality, such as jagged edges or asymmetry, may be removed for further examination. We understand that the mere chance that a mole could be skin cancer can be frightening. Our experienced team provides compassionate care and honest answers to your questions. Moles that are removed are examined microscopically in a pathology lab, and we report results as soon as we get them.
Can Any Mole Be Removed?
While many people consider mole removal for health reasons, there are also instances in which a mole may be removed for improved appearance or comfort. Benign moles are removed via excision under local anesthesia, which is a quick in-office procedure. However, after a mole has been removed, there is a chance that it will grow back, requiring further treatment.
If you have a mole that you would like removed, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a mole removal treatment. At Alta Vista Dermatology, we offer mole removal and other advanced skin care services to men and women living in Denver, Highlands Ranch, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.
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