Not all moles are dangerous, however, it often takes an expert to determine which moles are potentially harmful. At Associated Skin Care Specialists, we provide full skin checks to evaluate moles and determine need for removal. We also remove mole that are irritated, catching on clothing or for cosmetic reasons. We perform these services at all of our locations in Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Fridley and Coon Rapids
Mole Removal Treatment
Your dermatologist will help you monitor for moles that seem cancerous or potentially harmful. In most cases, your dermatologist will recommend mole removal if you have an asymmetrical mole; a mole that developed recently; or a mole that has recently changed in shape, size, and color. We also perform mole removals at the request of the patient, if the mole is irritated, itchy, rubbing on clothing, or for cosmetic reasons.
Fortunately, mole removal is usually a quick, easy process. To carry out the procedure, your dermatologist numbs the area and quickly removes the mole and a small margin of healthy skin. The procedure can be performed in-office, and you don’t need general anesthesia.
Having moles is normal, especially for those who have light skin. The average adult may have anywhere from 10 to 40 moles on their body. At Associated Skin Care Specialists, our experts help to educate patients on features of normal moles and common features of potentially dangerous moles. We also teach safe sun practices and encourage our patients to do their own skin checks at home.
Typically, the first sign of melanoma is a change in an existing mole (shape, size or color) or a new dark black mole. When caught and treated early, melanoma can be cured. Your dermatologist will help you keep an eye out for moles that seem cancerous or pre-cancerous.
Once the mole has been removed, the skin will heal and leave a scar. However, if the mole grows back, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist immediately, as this is a sign of melanoma.