Moles are typically harmless. Sometimes people want a mole removed because it causes discomfort when it rubs against something. Moles that change in color, size or shape may be pre-cancerous or cancerous.
When should a mole be removed?
See your doctor if a mole appears later in your life, or if it starts to change size, color, or shape. If it has cancer cells, the doctor will want to remove it right away. Afterward, you’ll need to watch the area in case it grows back. You can have a mole removed if you don’t like the way it looks or feels.
Is it worth getting a mole removed?
Mole removal can prevent the spread of cancerous and pre-cancerous cells and address your cosmetic concerns in one simple procedure. Results for the majority of patients are permanent, and our patients find that they are able to enjoy life to the fullest after the removal of a noticeable or suspicious mole.
What kind of moles need to be removed?
What Kind of Doctor Removes Moles?
- The mole is (or potentially could be) malignant (cancerous)
- The mole has changed in color, shape or size.
- The mole is located on your face or in another area where it’s especially important to minimize scarring.
- You have numerous moles.
What percentage of mole biopsies are cancerous?
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology suggests around 7% of suspicious mole removal is cancerous. This number drops when accounting for all moles removed, as most are benign (non-cancerous).
What is a cancerous mole look like?
Border that is irregular: The edges are often ragged, notched, or blurred in outline. The pigment may spread into the surrounding skin. Color that is uneven: Shades of black, brown, and tan may be present. Areas of white, gray, red, pink, or blue may also be seen.
Is mole removal painful?
Removing a mole
This may pinch a little, but should keep you from feeling any pain during the removal. There are a few different techniques your dermatologist may use to remove the mole.
Do moles grow back after removal?
If a mole has been removed completely then it will not grow back. After a surgical excision, the tissue will be checked in the lab to ensure that the whole mole has been removed. As long as there is a border of normal tissue all around the mole, there shouldn’t be any cells left behind.
Why do moles form?
Moles are caused when cells in the skin (melanocytes) grow in clusters or clumps. Melanocytes are distributed throughout your skin and produce melanin, the natural pigment that gives your skin its color.
Are moles unattractive?
Most moles are darker than the surrounding skin. They can be bothersome or make you feel unattractive, and even worse, they can have characteristics that could indicate a health risk.
Does mole removal leave a hole?
A mole or naevus is made up of naevus cells, which extend right through the skin. Therefore, if removal is to be complete, it will leave a hole. Whichever way this heals, there will be a scar.
Can moles be removed naturally?
You should never remove a mole at home on your own. A doctor might remove a skin mole by either shaving or surgical cutting. A dermatologist may shave off smaller moles but recommend cutting for larger or cancerous ones.
Who can remove my mole?
Plastic surgeons can remove moles and minimize scarring. Moles, particularly non-cancerous ones, can be easily removed with a minor surgical procedure. This type of mole removal can be done in an outpatient setting. Moles can be surgically removed, burned away or shaved off.
Can a dermatologist tell if a mole is cancerous just by looking at it?
Unfortunately, you can’t tell by looking at a mole whether it’s cancerous or what type it is. It could very well be a normal skin spot with an abnormal appearance. A dermatologist can’t always tell the difference either.
Can a doctor tell if a mole is cancerous by looking at it?
A visual check of your skin only finds moles that may be cancer. It can’t tell you for sure that you have it. The only way to diagnose the condition is with a test called a biopsy.
What happens if a mole is found to be cancerous?
A cancerous mole, or melanoma, is the result of damage to DNA in skin cells. These changes, or mutations, to the genes can result in cells growing rapidly and out of control. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs when pigment-producing cells known as melanocytes mutate and begin to divide uncontrollably.