What is a mole?
Dr. Adam Bodian of Bodian Dermatology offers regular mole checks for individuals throughout the Great Neck, NY area. Most people have a mole of some kind on their body somewhere. A mole is a lesion on the skin that results from a bundle of pigmented cells. During mole evaluations, we analyze, measure, and document the size, shape, and growth of moles on the body to guarantee they are safe and not cancerous or changing. They may be brown, black, or a variation of the colors and can appear independently or in groups. Moles can likewise be flat or seem like a round bulge. Although most are harmless, some may turn into cancer. If you have moles on your body and feel uncertain about the health of them, or if one has become bothersome, then it's important to inform a professional — particularly when one starts to change in shape or size, or begins to bleed or itch.
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Causes of moles
Moles result when cells within the skin develop in a bunch instead of being spread beneath the skin. These cells are referred to as melanocytes, and they create the pigment that gives your skin its standard color. Moles may become darker in color after they are exposed to sunlight, throughout the adolescent years, and while pregnant.
Monitoring and assessing your moles
Dr. Bodian recommends that patients monitor their moles for any changes and receive mole checks regularly. By remembering the ABCDE test to determine if a mole might be cancerous, you can easily understand what to look for. A mole could be cancerous if the following attributes are present:
- Asymmetrical: They aren't even or equivalent in dimension if cut in half
- Borders: They have scalloped or jagged edges
- Color: They begin to change color or have an irregular color
- Diameter: They're larger than six millimeters in size
- Evolves: They start to evolve (grow or change) in shape, size, height, or color
When you visit our dermatology office in Great Neck, NY, our staff will provide a full skin evaluation to determine the right mole treatment for you.
Treatment Options for moles
Most moles do not warrant treatment unless they become cancerous, suspicious, or when they cause discomfort, irritation, or cosmetic problems. In these situations, Dr. Bodian may want to remove the mole(s). For surgical excision, the region near the mole will be locally numbed and a scalpel or similar device is used to excise the mole and some surrounding skin cells. The wound will then be closed with sutures. At times, if the mole is flush with the skin, a surgical shave can be used where the area is locally numbed and a small blade used to cut around and under the mole. Stitches are not required with this procedure.
When should I seek treatment for a mole?
It is important to seek treatment for a mole if it:
- Grows significantly
- Changes in shape or thickness
- Becomes darker or uneven in color
- Is painful, bleeding, itching, or oozing
- Is causing significant discomfort or concern
Dr. Bodian recommends receiving regular mole checks and scheduling an appointment if you notice significant changes in a mole.
Can a mole grow back after removal?
The regrowth of a mole can vary depending on the removal treatment provided. However, if a mole has been completely removed, it should not grow back. During a consultation, Dr. Bodian can talk with you about your options for removal to ensure optimal results.
What causes a mole to grow?
Cells in the skin, also known as melanocytes, grow in clumps, causing a mole. These melanocytes produce melanin, which gives the mole its darker color. If a mole starts to grow or change, it could be a sign of something more serious, which is why you should seek treatment as soon as possible.
Schedule Your Mole Check!
Whether you find a mole that is bothersome, unattractive, or appears unusual, which may potentially be an indication of melanoma, it's time to contact Bodian Dermatology to learn about your treatment options. Our Great Neck, NY office specializes in handling a wide array of moles and lesions, from those that are harmless to cancerous ones. If we discover that you have a mole(s) that is at risk, we will select the ideal approach for your treatment. We're committed to providing you with the level of care that you deserve.