Mole removal is a common procedure performed by a Board-Certified Dermatologist. Moles can removed if they are irritated, bleeding, catching on clothing and are otherwise bothersome. If moles are growing or show atypical features a mole removal for biopsy purposes may be recommended.
Dysplastic Nevus (or atypical mole) is a mole that is different from a common mole. The distinctive appearance of an atypical mole generally includes irregular or indistinct borders, or non-uniform coloring that can range from pink to dark brown. They are also usually larger than an ordinary mole and may be flat or raised.
A typical moles can be found anywhere on the body, but are most common on the trunk. Genetics seem to be a factor, as people with a family history of melanoma have a higher risk of developing atypical moles or melanoma themselves.
Moles can be removed for a variety of medical reasons. Some moles will turn into cancer if left untreated and other moles are less dangerous but uncomfortable. They bleed, become inflamed, or rub against clothing. In any of these situations, the moles also need to be treated.
The way your doctor will remove it depends a mole’s location and size, the two most common removal options include a shave removal or a removal with stitches, both options will be discussed during your appointment.