Moles are a common occurrence on the skin that are usually benign. Moles can be present since birth (birthmarks) or they can start appearing during childhood and adolescence, usually on sun-exposed areas of the body. Whenever a new mole appears, or an old mole starts to change in color or size, or becomes itchy or painful, it should be examined by a dermatologist who has experience in evaluating moles and pigmented lesions. Some individuals have hundreds of moles, making it difficult to self-monitor them, which makes regular examinations by a dermatologist even more important. Patients with a family history of cancerous moles have an even higher risk of melanoma.
Sometimes other skin growths, such as age spots or dark skin tags can be mistaken for moles. At Rao Dermatology, we combine over 25 years of clinical experience and judgement with the latest non-invasive diagnostic tools to determine whether a biopsy is necessary. This is especially important if you have numerous moles, or a mole at a cosmetically significant site in order to minimize the possibility of scarring. If your dermatologist is unconvinced that a mole is benign, it will still be biopsied, but at Rao Dermatology, we use every technological means necessary to determine whether surgery is the only option.
When surgery is necessary, or when a patient chooses to remove a mole for aesthetic purposes, we perform these procedures in-house in the privacy and comfort of our state-of-the-art surgical facility.