Moles can come in all shapes and sizes. When skin cells grow in a cluster rtather than being spread out evenly they form a mole. These moles can appear anywhere on the body and range in color, they are also different sizes. Some moles can also be cancerous to it is important to keep an eye on them for changes and have them checked regularly by a qualified dermatologist.
Some people opt for removal of a mole because of embarrassment of its location or size. They can be removed surgically by a dermatologist or other medical professional. The surgery is relatively simple and quick, and usually only requires local anesthesia. Sutures may be required to close the wound, which will be removed after a week or so. Recovery is typically very quick and easy, although there may be some tenderness and soreness in the area for a few days afterwards. Mole removal surgery is considered to be very safe and effective, with minimal risks involved. If you are considering removing a mole, consult with a medical professional to see if surgery is the right option for you.
Moles can also be removed with lasers and is a fairly common procedure. You may want to check with your insurance to see if this type of procedure is covered.
When you are inspecting moles check for size, shape, color, or texture. Moles that bleed, itch, or crust should be reason for suspicion. Moles that change quickly or appear randomly should also be looked at. Consult with a dermatologist or other medical professional if you have any concerns about a mole. They will be able to determine if the mole is benign or cancerous and recommend treatment options. Usually after a mole is removed it does not grow back, but it is possible for moles to return after removal.
Once a mole is removed the dermatologist will send it off to a lab to be checked for cancer. The lab will examine the tissue under a microscope to look for abnormal cells. The results may take a few weeks or sooner. If the mole is cancerous, additional treatment may be needed.
It is important to keep in mind not all moles need to be removed. Moles that are not causing any problems or concern can be left alone if you choose to. Moles can also be monitored for changes over time. If you have any concerns about a mole, consult with a medical professional to determine the best course of action or schedule an appointment with out office.