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Moles

Moles are common skin growths that are most often round, smaller in size than a pencil eraser, and are brown, pink, or flesh-colored. They are more common in lighter-skin individuals and often develop after sun exposure. Moles commonly first appear in childhood. They grow as the child grows and may become either lighter or darker over time. Some people are born with moles called congenital nevi. These can range in size from a few millimeters to several inches in diameter. Large congenital nevi should be monitored by your dermatologist because some of these are at increased risk of turning into a skin cancer.

Moles are usually considered benign and do not require treatment. If a mole develops asymmetry, irregular borders, multiple colors, grows quickly or becomes symptomatic (bleeds, itches, etc.), it may be an atypical mole (dysplastic nevus) or represent a skin cancer called a melanoma. It is important that you report any such changes to your dermatologist who may recommend a skin biopsy to establish a definitive diagnosis.

Normal, non-medically concerning moles can also be removed for cosmetic reasons. There are multiple methods for doing this, but all result in some form of scar. If you’re interested in having a mole removed, we will discuss the best options for doing so and help you make the best decision for you.

I saw Dr. Hermann for a routine skin check. She found and removed a basal cell mole just above my eyebrow. It is completely healed and unnoticeable. -Jacquie T. | Yelp

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