While moles are very common, some can cause cosmetic concerns and others may develop into skin cancer. Getting your moles checked by Ife Rodney, can provide you with answers about the health of your skin and mole removal options, if desired. At Eternal Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologist is a mole removal specialist serving Columbia MD and surrounding areas.
A mole, also called a nevus, is a common skin condition that affects most people. Moles can vary in size from a small dot to larger areas of raised, darkened skin about an inch in diameter. They may be flat or raised, smooth or rough, and may have hairs growing from them.
Moles develop from a buildup of skin cells and are non-cancerous. They can grow in childhood or adulthood and may darken with age, pregnancy, or sun exposure.
In some cases, moles can be bothersome or uncomfortable and you may want to remove them. Other abnormal changes in a mole can signal cancer, so skin screenings from Dr. Rodney are essential, especially for people who have many moles.
While most moles tend to be round and flesh-toned, yellow, brown, blue-grey, or nearly black in color, there are a couple of different types of moles that may concern you. These include:
During your skin screening, Dr. Rodney examines the skin throughout your entire body to check for any suspicious moles or abnormal skin changes. While looking at your moles, she checks each mole for telltale signs of melanoma — the type of skin cancer that develops in moles.
You can remember the signs of melanoma using the acronym ABCDE:
A – asymmetry
B – irregular borders
C – color changes
D – diameter of more than ¼ inch
E – evolution (a new mole in a person over the age of 30 or a changing mole)
In some cases, Dr. Rodney may also remove a small tissue sample from suspicious moles to be tested for the presence of cancer.
If you have a non-cancerous mole that you want removed, Dr. Rodney performs a simple surgical procedure. She administers local anesthetic and uses a small scalpel to remove the mole from your skin. Your skin then heals over the following weeks while protected by a bandage and antibiotic ointment. Other mole removal techniques include cryotherapy and electrodesiccation. In cryotherapy, the mole is frozen with liquid nitrogen from a spray can. In electrodesiccation, the surface of the mole is lightly charred. In the following 2 weeks, the mole will form a scab which then falls off.
Removal is a simple solution for moles that are uncomfortable or cause cosmetic imperfections. For safe and effective mole removal in Columbia MD, contact Eternal Dermatology now. Call the office or book online today to discuss any moles that concern you.