Moles are such common skin growths that most people have 10-40 moles in various places on their bodies. Generally, moles are not a cause for concern, but if one bothers you or changes in any way, you may need to remove it. The skilled team at Loucas Dermatology on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City are experts at inspecting moles and identifying any concerns, such as skin cancer. They can remove your moles for aesthetic or health reasons using laser technology or a specialized surgical technique. Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more.
Moles are harmless skin growths that may appear at any time. Sun exposure over the years may contribute to the growth of moles, or they may be hereditary. These clusters of darker skin cells are usually benign, meaning they’re not cancerous or cause for alarm.
However, if you have a mole that suddenly changes size, color, or shape, it could be a sign of a more serious condition like melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. In such cases, your doctor at Loucas Dermatology may advise removing the mole immediately to avoid future complications.
If you notice changes in a mole, or you have a new mole that is irregularly shaped or an odd color, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with the team at Loucas Dermatology. The doctors closely examine your mole to determine if it’s a serious skin condition or precancerous cells. They may recommend having your mole removed for health purposes, or you may desire to have it removed for aesthetic reasons.
Depending on your specific type of mole and its condition, you may be a good candidate for laser mole removal, which works well for moles that are flatter in appearance, rather than raised up from the surrounding skin. Moles that are black or brown also respond well to laser treatments.
Depending on the size of your mole and its location, you may need one to three laser treatments to completely remove the mole. Laser mole removal works best on smaller-sized moles as well. Larger ones may require specialized surgical techniques instead.
Surgical mole removal may include surgical excision or a surgical shave. During surgical excision, the doctor numbs the area with a local anesthetic and then cuts the mole and some of the surrounding tissue out of your skin. This requires stitches so the wound can heal properly.
A surgical shave is different from surgical excision because the doctor slices the mole off at the surface of your skin. This surgical procedure does not require stitches to heal. Depending on your particular mole, the doctor decides which specialized surgical technique will best provide the desirable outcome.
If you want to remove a mole that interferes with your clothing, bothers you aesthetically, or raises a health concern, the experienced team at Loucas Dermatology can help. Call or schedule a mole removal consultation using online booking.