Most moles are harmless and do not need any treatment. A mole is likely to be dangerous if you find it looking different from your other moles. Moles that appear after the age of 25 are more at risk. If you notice that your mole has changed in size, shape, color, and height, or has started to itch, ooze, bleed, or hurt, it is time to have it examined by a surgeon.
Double board certified oral & maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides mole and skin tag removal procedures to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities.
ABCDE Signs of Dangerous Moles
If you notice any of the following characters in your moles, it could be a sign that your mole is dangerous.
- Asymmetry: The two parts of the mole don’t match up.
- Border: The mole’s edges are irregular or blurred.
- Color: Mole color is uneven and shows different shades of black, brown, blue, red, or white.
- Diameter: The moles size is bigger than a pencil eraser.
- Evolution: The size, color, or shape of the mole keeps changing.
If you notice any of these signs, consult a doctor at the earliest for an expert examination and diagnosis.
Mole Treatment Methods
If your surgeon suspects a mole to be malignant or otherwise abnormal, they will cut or shave off the mole in a biopsy. It will then be sent to a laboratory to test for the presence of cancer. Often, a little of the normal skin are around the mole will also be removed and the wound is then closed with sutures.
Skin Tags Treatment
Skin tags are small pieces of tissue connected to the skin through a narrow stem. They are often common in elderly persons and in women who have gained weight. Skin tags mostly occur in the groin, below the breasts, on the back, neck, and chest and in the armpits.
Skin tags are harmless, and it is best to leave them alone if they are not causing any discomfort. But if they get enmeshed in your clothes or jewelry and cause pain, or if you find them a cosmetic problem, you can have them removed. Your surgeon will cut off a skin tag with a scissors or scalpel, or use an electric current to burn it off, or freeze the skin tag causing it to fall off.
A brown-colored skin spot that appears darker than the other skin is known as a lentigo. This condition may run in the family. The major cause of lentigines is exposure to sunlight, so they are often found on the hands and face. Occasionally, radiation therapy may also be a cause.
Lentigines may be treated using skin creams such as bleaching agents or retinoids. Laser surgery and cryosurgery or freezing with super cold liquid nitrogen are other possible treatment methods for lentigines.
Double board certified oral & maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for mole and skin tag removal procedures.
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McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing.
Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.