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Mole Removal

Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah

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Learn About Mole Removal


The most important reason to consider removing an atypical mole is that the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma, sometimes begins inside existing moles. At Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah, Amy Curtis, MD, FAAD, Leena Brown, MPT, PA-C, and the team protect your health with annual skin checks and effectively prevent or treat skin cancer by getting rid of worrisome moles, sometimes termed dysplastic nevi. To learn more about your risk factors for melanoma or to schedule mole removal, call the office in Centerville or West Jordan, Utah, or use the online booking feature today.

Why do I need a skin check for moles?

Most moles are harmless, but you should still consider getting annual skin checks because moles exposed to too much radiation from the sun or tanning beds can turn into the deadliest form of skin cancer: melanoma.

Melanoma is curable when diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Without treatment, however, it spreads to other parts of your body, where it often becomes a fatal disease. .

The team at Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah evaluates your risk of developing skin cancer and performs full body skin checks, carefully looking at all the moles on your body to be sure they’re not cancerous.

When should I consider mole removal?

You can choose to have a mole removed for cosmetic reasons, but it’s essential to eliminate any moles that are suspicious for melanoma.

Melanoma may appear as a new brown or black spot on your skin. In most cases, however, the cancer begins in an existing mole. As melanoma grows, the mole’s appearance changes. That’s the sign that it’s time to schedule a skin check and mole removal.

The changes that occur due to cancer are called the ABCDE rule. Watch for:

Asymmetry

If one half of the mole doesn’t look like the other half, you should have it checked.

Border

Uneven, ragged, or blurred edges indicate cancerous changes.

Color

Whether it’s brown, black, or tan, a normal mole is one color. Multiple colors or shades of white, red, gray, or blue are signs of skin cancer.

Diameter

If your mole is one-quarter of an inch in diameter or larger, it needs an evaluation for melanoma.

Evolving

Healthy moles don’t change their appearance. If you have a mole that changes in size, shape, color, or texture, it’s a sign of melanoma.

What should I expect during mole removal?

Your provider at Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah uses two different techniques to remove a healthy-looking mole. They may cut out the mole or use a surgical blade to shave it off.

After removing the mole, they send the tissues to a lab, where a specialist examines them under a microscope to ensure there aren’t any cancer cells.

If your mole appears cancerous, the team may recommend Mohs surgery. As specialists in performing the Mohs technique, they can remove the mole and ensure all the cancer cells are gone while preserving as much healthy skin as possible.

To schedule a skin check or mole removal, call Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah, or request an appointment online today.

Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah Fax: 801-298-8371