Moles typically don’t cause problems, but you should have them removed if they become bothersome or change in appearance. At Ahwatukee Skin & Laser in Phoenix and Sun City West, Arizona, the expert dermatologists offer safe and comfortable mole removal. To make an appointment, call the office nearest you or book your appointment online today.
The Ahwatukee Skin & Laser team uses two different methods to remove your mole, including:
Your dermatologist first numbs the mole and surrounding area and then uses a razor-like tool to remove it. They might also use a tiny electrode tool to blend the edges of your wound to help reduce signs of scarring.
Once the area is numb, your dermatologist uses a scalpel to cut through your skin to the subcutaneous fat area to remove your mole and then closes the area with stitches.
After removing your mole, your specialist analyzes it under a microscope to look for signs of cancer or abnormal cells.
An atypical mole is a benign growth, but your risk of developing melanoma increases with the number of atypical moles you have. Atypical moles begin to appear at puberty. Even though they can develop anywhere on your body, they are most commonly found on sun-exposed areas like the back, arms, and legs.
Though atypical moles aren’t melanoma, you should still watch them closely. Some choose to have them removed to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
If you have atypical moles, the Ahwatukee Skin & Laser team recommends examinations every three to 12 months, beginning when you first notice them.
The team may also recommend skin photography, regular dermatology surveillance, plus self-exams as precautionary actions for early detection and treatment.
Some people choose to have mole removals for cosmetic reasons, but the procedure should be done for medical reasons when a mole appears irregular. It can be either melanoma or atypical enough to develop into a melanoma.
An atypical mole can vary in appearance but often has the ABCD features of melanoma, which include:
Check your mole to see if one side of it doesn’t match the other in size, shape, thickness, or color.
Observe if the edges of your mole are blurred, ragged, scalloped, or poorly defined.
Watch for shades of tan, brown, red, or black in the presence of your mole. You might also notice that it’s speckled or has multiple colors.
Melanomas are usually larger than 6 millimeters (the size of a pencil eraser), but they can be smaller.
If you have a mole that looks different than most of your other ones, or if it itches or bleeds easily, you should schedule an appointment at Ahwatukee Skin & Laser right away.
Call the friendly office staff or book your appointment online today.