Moles & Birthmarks

Known as nevi (singular “nevus”), moles and other birthmarks are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin that range in color from tan, brown and black (moles) to red, pink or purple (blood vessel nevi). Though most birthmarks are harmless, they may develop into cancer. Moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by a dermatologist immediately:

  • Larger than six millimeters.
  • Itches or bleeds.
  • Rapidly changes in color, size or shape.
  • Multiple colors.
  • Is located where it can’t be easily monitored, such as on the scalp.

Monthly self skin checks and yearly checks with your dermatologist can monitor for the above worrisome changes.   Any worrisome moles need to be evaluated quickly.

Look for the ABCDEs of Melanoma detection…

Asymmetry Border
Color Diameter
Evolving
Cosmetic Mole Removal

Any new or changing mole should be evaluated by your dermatologist immediately. Any moles that appear to be abnormal should be removed and sent to the laboratory for examination by a dermatopathologist. We recommend a full body skin exam yearly to check for abnormal moles and skin cancer.

If the doctor determines that a mole is benign (non-cancerous), the mole may be removed for cosmetic reasons, if you desire.  Insurance will not cover the removal of moles for cosmetic reasons.

The price of mole removal depends on how large the mole is, where the mole is located, and the method used to remove it.

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