Having a mole is quite normal, yet few people understand this unusual skin abnormality. At North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA, Dr. David Thomas, Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree, and Dr. Camille Henninger discuss moles with patients in Encinitas, CA, to provide education, advice, and treatment options.
What is a Mole?
Also known as a nevus, a mole is a skin growth that is comprised of melanocytes, which are cells that produce pigment in your skin. Nevi are typically small spots that are darker than the surrounding skin. These skin growths are harmless in most cases, but certain types of moles are signs of skin cancer.
What’s the Difference Between a Mole and a Freckle?
Nevi and freckles may look the same at first, but there are some differences. Nevi and freckles can be flat, but only nevi are raised on the surface of your skin. Both skin abnormalities can be brown, but nevi may also be other colors, such as pink, blue, black, or grey.
Should I Be Concerned About My Mole?
Most nevi are harmless. If you are concerned about your mole, schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Dupree, or Dr. Henninger. You can also check the characteristics of the mole. Signs of skin cancer include asymmetry, jagged edges, multiple colors, diameters larger than one millimeter, and changes in color and size.
Can I Remove My Mole?
People in Encinitas, CA, wish to remove moles for medical and cosmetic purposes. You shouldn’t try to remove the mole yourself. Moles can be removed through several surgical techniques. This ensures that the mole is properly removed with minimal scarring and risk of infections.
Are you looking for an Encinitas, CA, dermatologist for moles? Call North County Dermatology Center today at (760) 230-2805. We will schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Dupree, or Dr. Henninger at our Encinitas, CA, office.