What is Mole Removal?
Moles are a type of skin growth. A mole is made up of a group of pigmented cells. Most moles are small, brown, circular spots and they are generally harmless. Moles typically develop during adolescence and childhood. Some moles can become cancerous. It is important to monitor your moles. If there are abnormal changes in a mole’s appearance it could be an indicator that the mole has become cancerous.
A simple detection test is the ABCDE guide:
A for asymmetrical shape- The two half of the mole look different
B for border- uneven border, scalloped edge, etc
C for color- look for a change in color
D for diameter- if it is the size of a pencil eraser it may be cancerous
E for evolving- watch for changes in size, color, height, and new symptoms
Once you have identified a mole that shows signs of being cancerous go see your doctor. If the doctor suspects the mole is cancerous they may take a tissue sample to examine. Not all moles will need to be removed. Mole removal is done through cutting, burning, or freezing the mole. The procedure is short and fairly simple. Unfortunately the procedure leaves a scar as the doctor has to remove the mole and some of the healthy skin around it. As one of the Best Plastic Surgeons in Utah, Dr. Bishop is sensitive and delicate when removing a mole. He will work with you to get you your desired result. If the mole comes back let your doctor know immediately.
In addition to health related problems, moles are also removed for cosmetic reasons. If removing a mole will give you a boost of confidence it may be the right thing for you to do. Consult with your doctor to find the best course of action.