If you notice small brown areas on your body, they are likely moles. In most cases, they are nothing to worry about. However, there are some moles that can be a sign of skin cancer. This is one of the reasons as to why you might want to consider the options that are available for mole removal. Pay attention to the color, size, symmetry, and shape of the moles on your body as any changes in appearance should be reported to a doctor. Avoid scratching moles on your skin as an infection could develop.
A common mole removal procedure is an excision. You can usually have this done in the office as it doesn’t take long to complete. The area is numbed so that you don’t feel anything. After the area is cleaned, the doctor will gently remove the mole and perhaps send it to a laboratory for further testing. During the excision process, the doctor might remove some of the surrounding tissue in case the mole is cancerous.
There are other options available for mole removal. This is something that our doctor might consider if the mole is flat instead of it being raised from the skin. It all depends on the unique case.
If the area is suspected to be cancerous, then our doctor might shave the mole. This is also considered a biopsy. The entire mole usually isn’t removed as it might not be cancerous. If the test results come back normal, then no further treatment is usually required unless you just want to have the mole removed for cosmetic reasons.
Set up a time to visit Orlando Dermatology so that you can show a qualified medical professional the mole that you have and then discuss the options for mole removal. Our team would be more than happy to evaluate your case and address any questions or concerns you may have.