Moles are incredibly common, but many men and women find their moles to be aesthetically displeasing. For those in and around Highland, New York, Stephen Weinman, MD, of Essence Medispa offers mole checks and removal services. If you’d like more information about removing moles to help you move closer to your aesthetic goals, schedule a visit at Essence Medispa today. You can book a visit online or by phone.
Moles are small skin lesions with a high concentration of melanocytes, which are the cells that produce melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its distinct coloring. Moles can develop anywhere on your body and can be brown, nearly black, or the same color as your skin.
Moles can change over time, becoming larger, darker, or lighter in color. Some moles even drop off or fade away entirely. Some moles are present at birth, but most develop during the first 20-30 years of life. People with lighter skin usually have more moles than those with darker skin.
It’s easy to confuse birthmarks, vascular formations, and freckles with moles, but these are other skin conditions that don’t share the same treatment path. If you’re uncertain about whether your spot is a mole or something else, come in for a skin check and a discussion about treatment options.
Most moles are harmless and don’t require any type of treatment. However, there are some cases when a mole is an indication of skin cancer, in which case seeking early diagnosis and treatment is critical to your health.
If you have a mole that exhibits any of these characteristics, schedule a diagnostic exam right away:
Dr. Weinman can check your moles and let you know if there are any signs of malignancy, as well as refer you to a specialist if needed.
Moles can be removed, but it’s important to work with a skilled and experienced physician to achieve optimal results without significant scarring. There are two primary approaches for removing a mole: excision and shaving.
Excision involves removing a mole by cutting the affected tissue with a scalpel. Depending on the size and location of your mole, a few stitches may be needed to close the incision.
Shaving also uses a scalpel, but the cells are carefully scraped from the surface of the mole until a clean layer of cells is revealed. Shaving does not require stitches.
If you’re troubled by the appearance of one or more moles, book an appointment at Essence Medispa to discuss mole removal. Online scheduling lets you set up a visit from home, any time of day or night.