A mole is a common growth that looks brown or black in color. They can pop up all over the body, especially up until 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. People who need mole removal can visit a dermatologist for that service.
Moles are normal, so they do not all need removal. However, some moles can be a problem. That is because melanoma, a skin cancer, can form in a mole or near it. 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. People can also choose to get rid of a mole if they don’t like the way it looks or feels.
It could indicate a problem if a mole changes its appearance, with changes to the 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 area of concern is if a mole pops up after the age of 30. In these cases, it’s important to have a dermatologist check the mole.
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 take away the whole thing in the first place. The removal process involves cutting out the mole along with some healthy skin surrounding it. Then, the doctor stitches the area closed. Or, the dermatologist can perform a surgical shave to take the mole off.
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. Please note that we currently DO NOT accept any HMO insurance plans or Medi-Cal.