Old friend or old nemesis
For many patients, few procedures are as emotive as mole removal. Moles can exist on our body in relative obscurity, or they can be so prominent that they seem to be their own entity, if you will. We tend to see prominent moles as a blessing or a curse, a mark of beauty or an embarrassing anomaly, an old friend or antagonistic nemesis. This may seem a little dramatic, but it really is not. Usually, when patients consider mole removal, they are elated to get rid of something that detracts from their appearance, or they feel it necessary to remove an old friend who has grown out of control. Unfortunately, far too many individuals who are unaware of the potential dangers of choosing to remove their own moles.
Typically, the average mole does not require treatment. Dermatologists remove moles at a patient’s request. The most common reasons for mole removal is that a patient finds their mole unattractive, or that the mole presents a high risk for skin cancer. Mole removal is performed right in the dermatologist’s office, occasionally requiring a second visit. Depending upon the size and characteristics of the mole, removal is performed by surgical excision or a surgical shave. If he or she deems it necessary, the dermatologist will send a sample of the mole to a lab for cancer screening. After mole removal, the skin will heal. Be sure to monitor the site. If the mole grows back, immediately schedule an appointment to see your dermatologist because this could be a sign of melanoma, a type of skin cancer.
Leave it to a professional
Like any other medical procedure, you will experience the best outcome when trained healthcare professionals perform treatment. Patients are highly discouraged from attempting to shave a mole off at home because you run a high risk of causing the site to become infected. You can easily disfigure your skin, causing a permanent scar. Most importantly, if the mole contains skin cancer, some of the cancer cells can spread to other areas.
Mole removal by Dermatology Specialist of Charlotte, NC
If you are finding it difficult to live with one or more of your moles, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide the most effective treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your mole(s) or any other skin condition.