Mole Removal Birmingham: You’re In the Right Place

Moles. They’re about as common as mud. No, literally. Most people have at least 40 moles on their bodies and faces—and they’re spread pretty much all over. Most moles are harmless, and don’t pose any cause for alarm. However, some moles do become pre-cancerous or even cancerous, so it’s always a good idea to get them checked out every now and again.

To see how common moles are, why not check your skin right now? How many can you spot? Most likely, at least a few.

What Are Moles, Anyway?

At this point, you might be wondering something: what even are moles, anyway? Are they like upgraded freckles? Well…no, not really. Though heredity can play a part in both. Freckles often arise temporarily, especially when there’s plenty of sun exposure. Moles usually are darker in color, and stay around much longer—year-round, in fact.

So…what are moles? Moles are clustered cells of a particular color. These cells often present themselves as small, dark brown spots, dots, or even raised lesions. However, the colors of moles can run the spectrum, from pinks to reds to deep, dark browns. Moles not only vary in the sight of their appearance, but the site as well. Moles can crop up virtually anywhere on the face and body, from your scalp to your big toe.

What Does My Mole Mean?

Most moles just kind of develop and stay there. Majority of moles  are harmless, but that’s not always the case. Some may become precancerous or even develop into skin cancer. A periodic mole check, along with other patches of pigments, can help detect different forms of skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma. While not all melanomas source from a pre-existing mole, many do get their start from dark patches, or in and around a mole, on the skin.

Why Remove It?

For harmless moles, many people opt to remove them for countless reasons. At times, the mole’s look bothers the person. Or they may not like its particular placement or prominence; it might detract from other defining features on their body or face. Sometimes a mole can cling to or hook on things like clothing, causing irritation and annoyance. All these reasons, and more, cause people to resolve to remove their benign moles.

However, mole removal might fall in the other camp: necessity. A professional will want to remove a mole if it starts to change, or shows signs of developing into a precancerous or cancerous lesion.

What Happens If My Moles Change?

If a mole changes, it’s best to seek professional attention. A professional can evaluate whether or not a mole carries a risk of becoming cancerous. For people with numerous moles, your chance for atypical moles with skin cancer risk goes up. This is also true if your family history indicates the presence of melanoma and/or atypical moles.

Pro tip: Keep an eye on your skin, checking carefully about once a month to see if things seem to change. Especially if your family history includes melanoma. Catching it early is always best. Skin changes can be a signal for skin cancers.

What Can I Expect from Mole Removal?

Mole removal is a fairly simple procedure that usually takes place conveniently in-office. Most moles undergo shave removal courtesy of a scalpel or through excision. Before the procedure, the area surrounding the mole removed is sterilized and numbed; some underlying tissue beneath the skin’s surface may also be removed. The whole procedure is quite speedy: the treatment lasts but a few minutes’ time. Afterward, the sample will be sent for biopsy to ensure skin cancer is not present.

Visit Cahaba Dermatology

Seems to be there’s a lot of stir about moles.. We’d all like for them to stay benign. But it is good to learn more about them—and what you can do to remove them, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons.

If you’re not particularly fond of a mole, it doesn’t have to stay anchored to your face or body. You can seek out our mole removal services at Cahaba Dermatology. We can provide a consultation, look at your mole, and see if we need to be more concerned about its presence. In most cases, as we’ve learned, moles are just harmless patches of pigment. But they can turn to something more serious, which is why seeking a professional dermatologist is recommended.. Schedule an office visit with us at Cahaba Dermatology online or by phone, and we’ll help you make sense of your moles.