Most people do not pay attention to their moles unless the spot is on their faces or an area that affects their appearance. Since a vast majority of moles are harmless, it may be challenging to identify moles that can turn into melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Luckily, the certified skin specialists at Northstar Dermatology perform routine full-body skin exams and evaluate any suspicious-looking moles. If you identify any suspicious change on your skin, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation. Meanwhile, continue reading to learn everything you need to know about Fort Worth moles, including but not limited to the types and causes of moles.
What Precisely Are Skin Moles?
Moles are small, black spots on the skin that are often round or oval and develop when a specific type of skin cell grows in a cluster rather than being spread out uniformly. These cells, called Melanocytes, are responsible for producing the pigment that determines skin tone. Sun exposure, pregnancy, and puberty can all cause moles to darken.
What Are the Different Types Of Moles?
Some of the common types of skin moles include;
- Dysplastic moles
These are bigger, irregularly shaped moles with uneven borders and coloration. Moles larger than two inches in diameter are marginally more likely to become melanoma. Large moles are typically genetic.
- Congenital Moles
These are moles that are present from birth. Such moles are more likely to develop into melanoma than common moles.
- Skin Tag
A skin tag is a little tissue attached to the skin by a stalk. These moles are typically not harmful to the neck, chest, back, armpits, breasts, and groin. Skin tags, though, can irritate if they rub against other skin or clothing. These moles are more prevalent in women and older individuals.
- Spitz Moles
Spitz is elevated and dome-shaped pink or reddish pimples. These moles may also be colorful, bleed or exude fluid, and resemble melanoma closely.
- Seborrheic Keratoses
Seborrheic keratoses are brown or black wart-like skin growths. These growths are more prevalent on the chest, back, and head and are more prevalent in elderly adults but have no known cause. Seborrheic keratoses are not infectious and are rarely associated with melanoma.
When To See A Doctor
Contact Northstar Dermatology if you observe a mole that;
· Looks different from the surrounding moles
· Is new, especially if you are over 30
· Hurts, itches, or burns
· Bleeds and grows rapidly
· Has a scaly or rough texture
How Is A Mole Treated?
When you visit Northstar Dermatology, they carefully assess the problematic mole and conduct a full-body skin exam to identify potential issues. When an unusual mole is detected, the preferred treatment option is mole removal via shave biopsy or excision.
During a shave biopsy, your doctor will remove the mole with a tiny blade. Your physician removes the mole by cutting around it and removing the thin margin of healthy skin surrounding it.
Afterward, the tissue is sent to a laboratory where it is checked for malignancy. The lab technician also examines the margins to determine whether all the malignancy is removed.
Whether your moles cause discomfort or are not harmful, you should not overlook moles, especially if you are at risk of skin cancer. At Northstar Dermatology, dermatologists will examine your moles and suggest the most effective care solutions. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today if you have any questions concerning moles or other skin lesions.