Hill Country Dermatology
Dermatology & Aesthetic Services located in New Braunfels, TX & Schertz, TX
Mole removal is a relatively simple in-office procedure offered by the providers of Hill Country Dermatology. You may choose to have a mole removed because it’s bothersome cosmetically or because it has suspicious characteristics that suggest skin cancer. Mole removal sometimes includes a biopsy to check for irregular cells. Call the New Braunfels, and Schertz, office or use the online tool to book an appointment to find out more about mole removal procedures.
Mole Removal Q & A
When should I consider mole removal?
Moles are abnormal growths on your skin that can show up as brown, red, pink, or flesh-colored bumps. Some even have hair growing from them.
Moles are usually not concerning medically, but some can become cancerous over time. Part of your annual skin check includes monitoring your moles to make sure they don’t have suspicious characteristics.
If a mole looks cancerous, your dermatologist will suggest it be removed and biopsied. You may also choose mole removal if you don’t like where a mole sits and how it looks. Some moles can be uncomfortable and rub against clothing.
What are the signs of a suspicious mole?
Schedule your annual skin checks at Hill Country Dermatology. This is when your doctor examines your body for any suspicious moles they might need to remove. They’ll look at parts of your body that are hard for you to see well, like your back, buttocks, and scalp.
If you notice a mole that seems to have changing characteristics, even if you’re not scheduled for an upcoming skin check, make an appointment at Hill Country Dermatology. Signs to look out for include the ABCDEs of melanoma:
- Border changes
- Color alterations
- Diameter of 6 millimeters or greater
- Evolving, or regular changes in its appearance
If you have a mole that is itchy, shows signs of infection, or spontaneously bleeds, it’s a good idea to have it checked, too. Dr. Quintero and Dr. Brown can determine if your mole needs to be biopsied and removed.
What happens during mole removal?
Mole removal happens in-office in just one visit. The procedure is relatively simple and is performed in one of several ways:
Your doctor uses a razor blade to shave off the mole and small layer of surrounding skin.
Also known as surgical excision, your doctor uses a scalpel to remove the mole and surrounding skin. Stitches are required to close the wound.
A specialized, circular blade rotates down around the mole to acquire a 3-4 millimeter tissue sample.
If your mole comes back as cancerous, your doctor can help you determine your next treatment steps.
Moles that are not suspicious may be removed with laser technology or cryotherapy.
Have your moles checked by the experienced team at Hill Country Dermatology. Call today for your appointment or use this website to schedule.
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