Moles are a very common cluster of cells that usually appear on the body as black or brown. Many adults have moles and people with a lighter skin tone generally have more than people who have a darker skin tone. Most of these moles are non-cancerous, however, some moles may be pre-malignant, meaning that they have the capability of turning cancerous in the future.
Did you know?
Many people believe you can simply remove a mole at home, however, this is not recommended. First off, you should visit your doctor to establish if the mole is cancerous. While the ABCDE guidelines may help, ultimately these are just guidelines and do not represent a thorough, medical diagnosis. The only person who can truly determine if a mole is cancerous and perform the necessary treatment is a doctor. Secondly, a doctor can perform the procedure correctly, painlessly, and quickly ensuring that you get the best results with minimal scarring.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if a mole is cancerous?
An easy way to determine whether a mole is cancerous or not is to refer to the ABCDE’s of moles. A stands for asymmetry. If one half of the mole is different from the other half, this may be cause for concern. B is for the border. If the border of the mole is irregular or poorly defined, it may be cancerous. C represents color. If there are color variations on the mole from one side to another or if the mole appears to be white, red or blue, this may be cause for concern. D is for diameter. Cancerous moles are usually over 6mm, but this is not always the case. Finally, E stands for evolving. If the mole looks different from other moles or is changing in color, size, or shape, this could mean it is cancerous. With or without the ABCDE symptoms, it is always important to always get your moles checked to be sure they are non-cancerous.
How can I get my moles removed?
If the mole is cancerous, or even if you simply don’t want it, the mole can be easily removed. At Allen Aesthetic Surgery in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Amber Allen specializes in the safe, easy, and effective removal of moles. There are three different ways that Dr. Allen can remove your mole: destruction, shave excision, and full excision. The method used depends on the type and severity of the mole. Dr. Allen will make a recommendation based on your individual needs.
What is involved in each different procedure?
All three procedures are non-invasive and effective. They will have minimal soreness and recovery time. The first procedure, destruction, refers to destroying the mole by exposing it to extreme cold. Essentially it will freeze and fall off. The next procedure, shave excision, is usually used on smaller moles. When using this method, Dr. Allen will shave off the mole and some tissue below it. The area will be completely numb during the procedure and stitches are not required. The final method, Full excision, is when a scalpel is used to scrape out the mole and some healthy skin around it. Again, the area is completely numb during the procedure, and stitches may be needed.
Overall, mole removal is a quick, effective, and relatively painless procedure. It is a great way to remove unwanted moles and is sometimes a necessity to prevent skin cancer from spreading. Whatever your reasoning, Dr. Allen can assist you with finding the procedure that is right for you. Come in today and we’ll get you mole free!