Moles are growths on the skin that are typically brown or black in color. It is most common for moles to appear during childhood and within the first 30 years of life. Moles are formed from a cluster of melanocytes growing in the same area. Moles can be benign or cancerous. Typically moles are harmless, however, it is always best to see a dermatologist right away if you discover a mole that has been changing or has recently appeared and looks different than other existing moles.
If you notice a mole has become itchy, tender, or secreting discharge, you should make an appointment with one of our board-certified dematologists as soon as possible. In your appointment, he will be able to remove the mole and perform a biopsy to test for cancerous cells. Dr. Myers can also remove moles that you feel are unsightly or may get in the way of clothing or jewelry. There are several different ways of removing moles. These procedures include the shave method, punch method, and excisions. Depending on the size and depth of the mole, he will be able to discuss which method would be best to remove your mole(s).