Patients frequently ask Dr. Dyson to have their moles removed for a variety of reasons. Interestingly, mole removal is one of the most common procedures performed by dermatologists. Moles can be safely and easily removed through a number of methods. Dr. Dyson, a skilled and experienced skin surgeon as well as a cosmetic dermatologist, often performs mole removal at her Tucson, AZ practice.
Moles, also known as nevi, are very common skin growths that occur when a cluster of melanocytes develop in the body. Melanocytes are the skin cells that produce melanin (pigmentation). Moles vary in size and appearance and can develop for a number of factors. Many moles are congenital (acquired at birth), while others appear over time. Sun and genetics are two of the leading factors in the development of moles. Most moles pose no health risk, although some can become dangerous. Any irregular moles should be routinely monitored by Dr. Dyson so that they can be treated promptly if necessary. Melanoma, the most fatal type of skin cancer, tends to develop on or around irregular mole growths, thus irregular growths are a primary concern of dermatologists.
While most moles are benign, some people wish to remove them for cosmetic purposes. Throughout history, people have valued the appearance of certain moles (for example, Cindy Crawford’s “beauty mark”), while others find them aesthetically unappealing. Some moles may become physically uncomfortable, especially if they occur in areas where there is constant friction, such as under the arms. Whether you wish to have a mole removed for cosmetic or health reasons, Dr. Dyson will be happy to help you.
The process for removing moles is typically very simple and involves minimal discomfort. Most dermatologists offer a variety of treatment options for mole removal. Laser treatment can be used to lighten the color of pigmented moles. Surgical excision is the most common method for mole removal and is usually suggested by Dr. Dyson. It can be performed to remove raised and/or pigmented moles. Local anesthetics are typically used prior to the procedure to prevent discomfort to her patients during the procedure. Depending on the size of the mole being removed, you may require stitches at the excision site. After the removal, Dr. Dyson will give you instructions to follow to care for the wound. Scarring may occur, but it is typically minor, and Dr. Dyson will do everything she can to ensure that any scarring is minimal. In many cases, Dr. Dyson will recommend to have the removed mole examined to ensure the growth is not cancerous. If your mole grows back, be sure to let her know!
When performed by a skilled dermatologist, mole removal is a quick and easy process that should result in minimal scarring. If you seek mole removal in the Tucson area, make an appointment with Dr. Dyson to discuss your options. She has performed a great number of mole removals and will ensure that you are comfortable with the process so that you can achieve the best aesthetic results possible. Get started by calling our office (520) 838-0777 and setting a time to come in for an appointment.