If you notice changes in a mole's color, height, size, or shape, you should have a dermatologist evaluate it.

Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 30 years of a person's life. It is normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood.

Moles

Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.

 

Moles can be round, oval, flat or raised. They can occur singly or in clusters on any part of the body. Most moles are brown, but colors can range from pinkish flesh tones to yellow, dark blue, or black.

 

Mole removal offers a solution for individuals looking to remove unwanted moles from their body. It is a quick, simple procedure with minimal discomfort.

 

If we believe a mole needs to be evaluated further or removed entirely, we will either remove it entirely, or first take just a small tissue sample of the mole to examine thin sections of the tissue under a microscope (a biopsy). This is a simple procedure. (If we think the mole might be cancerous, cutting through the mole will not cause the cancer to spread.)

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