Moles are common and usually harmless. However, if you find yours are bothersome or aesthetically displeasing, contact the skilled dermatological team at Seacoast Dermatology, with locations in Exeter, Portsmouth, and Dover, New Hampshire. Moles can change, too, causing concern. Call one of the offices, or book online to arrange an appointment.
Moles or as they’re known technically – nevus – are common and usually of no concern. But you should keep track of your moles as part of your overall skin health. Changes in moles’ shape, size, or color can indicate early stage skin cancer. Moles that appear on hard-to-reach areas of your body benefit from regular dermatological exams.
Most adults have between 30-40 moles. Monitor them for changes, which can indicate a potentially serious condition. If a mole changes in height, shape, size, or color, have it examined by the knowledgeable dermatology providers at Seacoast Dermatology.
You should also be concerned if a mole itches, bleeds, or becomes tender. The characteristics of suspicious moles are ABCDEs, which stands for:
When you notice changes in these factors and the mole changes with time, it’s time to get it checked. Call Seacoast Dermatology, for an appointment.
You may need to have a precancerous mole removed. Some people have moles removed when they rub against clothing uncomfortably or if they’re in a place that’s aesthetically displeasing.
When a mole is removed, you reveal fresh, smooth skin underneath.
Several different methods for mole removal are available. The doctors determine which one is best for your particular growth and the mole’s location.
The most common method of extraction is excision, during which a small scalpel is used to remove the mole and the surrounding skin. Recovery is quick, and scarring is minimal.
You may also benefit from a laser removal technique in which concentrated energy from a laser beam destroys the mole. This method is also minimally invasive and has a short healing time.
Other methods of removal include electrocauterization, which involves using an electrical wire to remove the mole, and cryotherapy, which involves freezing the mole off.
If you have any troubling or suspicious moles, call one of the offices of Seacoast Dermatology, or book an appointment using the online tool today.