Moles are a common skin growth that can be surgically removed for both medical and cosmetic reasons. They are usually round, smaller in size than a pencil eraser, and are brown, black, pink, or flesh-colored. The majority of moles form before the age of 30 and can evolve over time, becoming raised, changing color, or slowly disappearing. Some people are born with moles called congenital nevi. These can range in size from a few millimeters to several inches in diameter. Those with large congenital nevi should have it monitored by a dermatologist since some are at increased risk of turning into a skin cancer.
Most moles are benign and pose no health concerns. It is still important, however, to routinely examine your moles for changes in size, shape, color, and height, as any of these changes could be an indication that the mole is cancerous. If you notice any changes, make sure to notify your dermatologist, who may recommend a skin biopsy to establish a definitive diagnosis.
If you are interested in having a mole removed for cosmetic reasons, there are multiple methods of doing so, but all result in some type of scarring. Our knowledgeable dermatologist will discuss the best options for doing this and help you make an informed decision. We invite you to contact Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists at 760-773-6616 to learn more about mole removal in Palm Desert, California, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael J. Messina.