How We Treat Moles
Moles should be monitored for changes. At Clara Dermatology, we use the most advanced techniques, including handheld dermatoscopes and digital photography, to examine moles and follow them for concerning changes. New moles or existing moles that are changing can be a sign of melanoma, and in this case, your dermatologist will recommend a biopsy to remove the concerning mole. Moles can also be removed for cosmetic purposes. Your dermatologist will work with you to identify concerns and treat them appropriately. We also spend time educating our patients on the importance of sun protection, the ABCDEs of changing moles, and self-skin checks at home.
Meet Our Clara Team
Whatever your concerns regarding your moles, our highly experienced team at Clara Dermatology can help. Our dermatologists can develop the ideal treatment plan to keep you and your skin healthy. To get started, we invite you to contact our office by calling or booking online.
Moles are very common. They are a collection of melanocytes (the cells responsible for producing pigment) in the skin, and can be a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Moles can be present from birth (congenital) or develop throughout a person’s life (acquired), typically into the mid-30s. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the scalp, palms and soles, and even under the nails. Nearly everyone has at least a few moles and they can be a perfectly normal part of your skin. However, moles can become abnormal or even develop into cancer, so it is important to have them examined by an experienced dermatologist who can provide appropriate recommendations and education.
Characteristics of Normal Moles
- One-color throughout
- Symmetrical shape
- Not changing