Almost every adult has moles on their body. Most are harmless, but if they change in shape or color, it could be a sign of skin cancer called melanoma. If you have concerns about any moles on your body, Vicki Rapaport, MD, and the team of expert dermatologists at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills and Culver City, California, can examine your skin and give you the appropriate treatment. Call the practice or book an appointment online today.
Moles are overgrowths of pigmented skin cells, and practically every adult has at least one on their body. It’s usually slightly raised and appears brown or pink. Moles typically develop when you’re an adolescent and as you continue to age.
If you have pale skin, you’re prone to having more moles than the average person. Having 10-40 moles is normal, and they’re typically harmless.
Moles can be different in color, and some might be dark, and others might be lighter. They can also change in color over time, which can be normal. However, if your moles bleed or itch or grow in size, you should see the team at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills for an examination.
More significant health problems might be present, so it’s best to see your dermatologist when you notice abnormal issues.
At Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills, the team gives you a complete examination, looking for moles and carefully inspecting them.
Your dermatologist observes the following:
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you get a full skin cancer screening with a body check once a year. If your dermatologist suspects that your mole is cancerous, you might need a biopsy.
In most cases, treatment or removing your moles isn’t necessary. However, if your dermatologist determines that one or more need attention, your dermatologist might use one of the following methods:
For this method, your doctor cuts out the mole and stitches your skin back together.
This method uses heat to remove your mole.
This method uses intense cold to remove your mole.
It’s also possible that your doctor will shave it down surgically. For all methods of treatment, your doctor gives you an anesthetic to keep you comfortable.
Staying out of the sun helps protect your skin and decreases your chances of developing moles and skin cancer.
You should always perform self-exams by looking over your entire body and detecting signs of change to any moles in the early stages. If you see a mole on your body that looks abnormal, you should see your dermatologist at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills as soon as possible. Staying proactive about observing your skin for moles can help prevent more serious issues.
If you’re concerned about moles on your body, visit Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills for an evaluation. Call the office or book an appointment online today.