Mole Removal

What is Mole Removal?

Mole removal, performed in our Manhattan Beach practice, is a safe procedure to eliminate unwanted tissue that appears as a dark or irregular spot on the skin.

Most often, moles are cut away from the face through a technique known as excision. In some cases, tissue surrounding the excised mole is then burned (cauterized) with a special instrument to ensure that the mole does not grow back. Some mole removal, especially facial mole removal, requires stitches to close the opening, ensure proper healing, and minimize scarring.

Laser mole removal is usually not used for removing moles because lasers cannot reach deeper underlying tissue connected with the mole.

What is a mole?

Moles are dark areas of skin that differ in texture than the rest of your skin and can:

  • Be present at birth
  • Appear at any time
  • Appear with aging
  • Appear with increased exposure to the sun

Your doctor might refer to facial moles and body moles as nevi, hemangiomas (abnormal collections of blood vessels), keratoses (spots that can become cancerous), and, most commonly, birthmarks.

Moles can occur on all skin types, including the skin of people with Asian, Latin, and African heritage.

Many moles are harmless. But some moles can become cancerous. For this reason, it is important to have an expert dermatologist like Lawrence Moy, MD, examine your moles to be sure they are healthy.

Dysplastic or Atypical Moles

Dysplastic molesand atypical moles often run in families and are linked with a higher rate of skin cancer and melanoma. If you are diagnosed with a dysplastic mole, it does not necessarily mean your mole is cancerous; but it probably means your mole should be removed to prevent skin cancer!

Dr. Moy notes that he is seeing more dysplastic moles than ever before. The reason for an increase in atypical moles is most likely because of the many sun activities that residents of Manhattan Beach enjoy.

Because Dr. Moy is sensitive to the increased sun exposure for people in the area, he carefully examines each patient for skin disorders that might lead to serious future health problems.

Dr. Moy recommends taking all moles seriously

Changes in Moles

If you have a mole that has changed in size, shape, texture, or color, it might mean that cells are growing abnormally and you should have a mole removal procedure immediately to prevent serious health problems such as skin cancer.

If you have moles of any kind, you should examine them each month to identify any changes. You also should have a professional examine your moles routinely to protect your skin and overall health.

The important thing to remember is that removing a mole can rid you of an unwanted skin spot, but it also can save your life ! Don’t wait to schedule your skin exam!

For more information or to schedule an appointment
to have your moles examined or removed,
call Dr. Moy today at 310-546-7780.


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