Why Remove a Mole?

A mole may need to be removed if it is suspected to be cancerous or causing discomfort or irritation. In some cases, moles may also be removed for cosmetic reasons. It is essential to have any suspicious or changing moles evaluated by a dermatologist to determine if they need to be removed.

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All About Moles

Moles are common skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body. They are usually brown or black in color and can be flat or raised. Moles are typically round or oval-shaped and can range in size from tiny dots to larger than a pencil eraser. Most people have at least a few moles, and they are generally harmless. Moles are caused by the clustering of pigment cells in the skin, and they can develop at any age. 

Some people are born with moles, while others develop them later in life. Moles can also change in appearance, with some becoming darker or larger. While most moles are harmless, some can indicate skin cancer. It's essential to monitor your moles and watch for any changes. If you notice any changes in the size, shape, or color of a mole, or if it starts to bleed or itch, it's important to have it checked by a dermatologist.

Mole Removal Methods

There are several methods for removing moles, and the best plan for you will depend on factors such as the size and location of the mole and your personal preferences. Here are some standard methods for mole removal.

Surgical Excision

Often done under local anesthesia, this method involves cutting the mole out completely, along with a small amount of surrounding skin, and closing the wound with stitches.

Laser Removal

Using a laser to destroy the mole tissue creates a controlled burn that destroys the mole, leaving the surrounding skin intact. This method is often used for smaller moles.

Shave Removal

This method involves using a scalpel to shave the mole off at the skin's surface. This method is often used for smaller, raised moles.


By freezing the mole with liquid nitrogen, the mole will eventually fall off as the skin heals. This method is often used for smaller moles.

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Why Choose Skin Care Doctors?

It's important to note that not all moles need to be removed, and some moles may be best left alone. Choosing a qualified healthcare professional to perform any mole removal procedure will minimize the risk of complications. The dermatologists at Skin Care Doctors are experts in the techniques of removing moles and birthmarks. Whether you desire this procedure to be performed for a cosmetic reason or medical necessity to rule out potential skin cancer, you can be assured that it will be done nearly painlessly and with minimal chance of scarring. Contact our office today if you have a mole that you would like us to check out or remove.

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