Most moles are harmless and not a cause for concern. However, the ones that appear after the age of 25 or the ones that appear different from other existing moles must be evaluated. If you observe any change in the nature of a mole such as its color, shape, size or height, show it to a surgeon to check if it needs to be removed.
Moles that itch, bleed, ooze, or feel painful or tender must also be evaluated. If you have a mole that has not changed over time but is causing you discomfort or affecting your appearance, you can discuss mole removal with your surgeon.
Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides mole and skin tag removal to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.
Signs of Problem Moles
Look out for the ABCDE warning signs in the mole that may indicate melanoma or cancerous growth:
- Asymmetry: One part of the mole looks different from the other.
- Border: The mole edge appears blurred or ragged.
- Color: The mole’s color appears uneven with different shades of black, brown, blue, red, white, or tan.
- Diameter: The mole has a diameter larger than a pea.
- Evolving: The shape, color, or size of the mole keeps changing
Ways to Treat Moles
Mole treatment depends on its location. If the mole is superficial, the surgeon will shave it off or cut out the entire mole. For more deep-rooted moles, he will make a small cut to excise it completely and then stitch the cut with sutures.
Moles that show any of the ABCDE symptoms will be examined by a biopsy. If a mole is found to be cancerous, the surgeon will cut it out along with some of the surrounding healthy skin, and then close the wound using sutures.
What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are small tissue flaps that rise from the skin through a thin stalk. They usually appear in the groin and armpits, on the chest, neck, and back and under the breasts. Skin tags are more common in elderly persons and women who have gained weight.
Skin Tag Removal
Skin tags are generally harmless and don’t need any treatment. However, if they are located in positions where they rub against clothing or jewelry, it may lead to skin irritation and pain. In such cases, the skin tag must be removed.
Surgeons use different techniques for skin tag removal. The most common methods include:
- Cutting with a scalpel or scissors
- Burning with an electric current (electrosurgery)
- Freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery)
What are Lentigines?
A spot on the skin that appears darker in hue than the skin around it is called a lentigo. Lentigines generally appear as brown spots and are found most commonly in whites with fair skin.
Depending on their intensity, lentigines may be treated using skin creams containing bleaching agents or retinoids, or by procedures such as cryosurgery and laser surgery.
Plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for mole and skin tag removal.
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