Moles and other birthmarks are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin that range in color from tan, brown and black (moles) to red, pink or purple (vascular lesions such as strawberry hemangiomas).An early childhood mole may be flat and black or dark colored. As the individual matures, the mole sometimes loses color and becomes more brown. In elderly patients a mole may become more raised up and flesh colored. If a suspicious mole is found, a sample is taken and reviewed in the lab. It is quick and easy and could save your life.
Moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by a professional immediately:
- A mole that is new, rapidly growing or changing in any way
- A mole that itches or bleeds
- Asymmetry (one side of the mole doesn’t look like the other)
- Irregular borders (the borders of the mole are jagged or notched)
- Different colors within the mole (pink, blue, gray, different shades of brown, black)
- A mole that is larger than the diameter of a pencil eraser
- If there is just something about a mole that is bothering you
There is very little trauma to the skin, and the skin heals very nicely without the use of scalpels or sutures. Different areas of the body may have an increased susceptibility to scarring and our providers use the most careful cosmetic technique to provide optimal results.