If you have a mole that you would like to have removed, it is important to see a dermatologist. They will be able to determine if the mole is cancerous or not and will provide you with the best course of treatment. Moles are common skin lesions that can be removed through surgery, but may also be a sign of cancer. Testing the mole before removal is highly recommended by the team at the Skin and Beauty Center of California. Below, our team will talk about the process of mole examination and removal.
Examination of moles for skin cancer
Moles are examined for skin cancer in a number of ways. The dermatologist will look at the mole and determine its size, shape, and color. They will also check to see if it is smooth or bumpy. If there are any changes in the mole’s appearance over, the dermatologist may take a biopsy to test for cancer cells. A biopsy is when a small piece of tissue from the mole is removed and sent to a lab for testing. If the patient tests positive for cancer, treatment options are discussed for further action.
Removal of moles
Moles can be removed through surgery by your dermatologist. The procedure is called an excisional biopsy. During this type of mole removal, the entire mole along with some surrounding healthy tissue is removed. This procedure is usually done in a doctor’s office and is typically a quick and easy procedure. You may experience some minor discomfort after the surgery, but this will go away within a few days.
How to learn more about mole removal with our team
If you have any questions about mole removal or skin cancer, be sure to speak with your dermatologist. They will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with the best course of treatment for you. The team at the Skin and Beauty Center of California is here to help you get healthy, beautiful skin! Call one of our six office locations throughout the area to book a skin cancer screening and discuss the possibility of testing and removing unwanted moles on the face or body.