Mole & Birthmark Removal Specialist

While some people simply don't like the sight of their moles, these spots also have the potential to be cancerous. San Diego, California dermatologist Dr. Lerner can check moles for cancer and provide mole removal treatments if needed.

Mole & Birthmark Removal Q & A

What is a mole?

A mole is a common growth that looks brown or black in color. They can appear anywhere on the body, especially before the age of 30. These spots are made up of a cluster of skin cells, which would otherwise be spread out over a larger area.

Do moles need to be removed?

Moles are normal, so they do not all need removal. However, some moles can be cancerous. Certain types of moles are more likely to turn into this cancer. These include congenital nevi that are on the body at birth and dysplastic nevi that are large and have an uneven shape and coloring. Some people choose to get rid of a mole if they don’t like the way it looks or feels.

What are indications of a problematic mole?

It could indicate a problem if a mole changes in size, shape, or coloring. The ABCDEs rule says to look at asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolution. It could also be problematic if a mole has symptoms, such as itching, pain, tenderness, or bleeding. Another cause for concern is if a mole appears after the age of 30. In these cases, it’s important to have a dermatologist check the mole.

How does mole removal work?

When a dermatologist is concerned about a mole, he can choose to take a piece of the mole for a biopsy and then remove the whole mole if cancer is found, or he can excise the mole before biopsy. The removal process involves cutting out the mole along with some healthy skin surrounding it. Then, the doctor stitches the area closed.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Dermatology Surgical and Medical, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below. The only HMO Insurance Plan that we currently accept is Mercy Physicians Medical Group with a referral from your primary care doctor. We DO NOT accept Medi-Cal.

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Dermatology Surgical And Medical
2881 4th Avenue
Bankers Hill

San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-215-9473
Fax: 619-291-8229
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