Moles are growths in the skin composed of cells that produce the skin pigment, which is called melanocytes. Moles are very common and grow anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Although their color is usually brown, they can also be pink, black, or flesh-colored. Their usual shape is flat or raised; they are generally round or oval and are not that big.
Also, most moles are harmless and cause no pain or other symptoms unless you rub them or hit something. However, you may also have an unusual mole that looks different from common moles. This type of mole is called a dysplastic nevus. These moles do have a better chance of developing a melanoma (a type of skin cancer) than ordinary moles.
In this article, we are going to show you the types of skin moles. You will know when you should worry about a mole, your best mole removal Fort Lauderdale options, and what to expect after mole removal surgery. In this way, you can stay informed and check with your doctor to verify any irregularly shaped mole, color, size, and shape, or any other type of abnormality.
Types of Skin Moles
The Types of Skin Moles are as Follows:
- Common mole: is a tumor in the skin that forms when pigmented cells (melanocytes) grow together. Adults can present 10 to 40 common moles. These moles are usually found above the waist exposed to the sun, rarely found in the scalp, breasts, or buttocks. And in older people, they tend to disappear.
- Dysplastic nevus: it is a different mole in appearance than the common mole; some doctors call it "atypical mole." This mole may be larger than a common mole, and its color, surface, and edges may be different. A dysplastic nevus mole can present a mixture of various colors such as pink and dark brown. It is usually flat with a smooth, flaky, or sandy surface and has an irregular edge that can fade into the surrounding skin.
When Should you Worry About a Mole?
While a common mole can become a melanoma, an atypical mole is more likely to develop it. Also, light-skinned people are the most likely to develop Melanoma than dark-skinned people. But first, you should know that Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that begins in melanocytes.
Melanoma is dangerous because it can invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of your body, such as the lungs, pancreas, liver, bones, or even the brain. Melanoma can occur on any skin surface, as well as in the eye, the digestive system, and other regions of the body.
Mole removal options
You have several options to getting a mole removed
Shave Removal Excision
This type of mole extraction can be done by shaving the mass that protrudes with a scalpel of No. 15 used in parallel to the skin surface or using a specific surgical instrument for this purpose, such as the curette (scraping spoon). It allows deepening something more in the thickness of the skin. Both tools should remove only the most superficial skin layers (epidermis and upper dermis) to enable subsequent reepithelialization of the area without scarring sequelae.
Moles that are longer and deeper than the flat surface of the skin may require an adequate method of mole extraction. One of these methods is punch excision, which removes moles using a cylindrical tool to extract excessively pigmented skin cells and ensure a lower probability of recurrence.
Surgical Mole Removal
Mole removal by surgery is usually the most commonly used procedure. It requires the use of local anesthesia, but since it is a simple intervention, hospital or postoperative admission is not necessary. You will only have to follow special care that the surgeon will establish according to each patient.
What to Expect after Mole Removal?
You may observe a mark or small scar depending on the size of the mole and the depth of the incision made to remove the mole. If points were placed, they would come out in two weeks. Also, it is not common to experience any severe pain as the area heals.
After the cosmetic mole removal surgery in Fort Lauderdale, your mole removal doctor should tell you how to keep the area as clean and calm as possible. Also, our mole specialist will inform you about the mole removal care you should follow. For patients who had no stitches, it is recommended to apply a mixture of water and mild soap on the wound at least once a day, dry it gently, and then use a thick ointment such as vaseline or an antibacterial cream before applying a new solution.
On the contrary, if you have stitches, it is recommended that for a few days, you must keep the area as dry as possible and avoid heavy exercise.
Finally, it would be best if you kept in mind that you may have some scar after the surgical removal of the mole. The size of the mark or scar will depend on the size of the mole. Another influential factor is the type of mole removal procedure that has been performed.
Book an appointment with a Mole Removal Doctor
If you feel motivated, you have to schedule an appointment with our doctors and get rid of those moles on your face and skin with our cosmetic Mole Removal at Adore Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale. Because we think of you and your health, we will explain in detail the process of surgery and the different types of methods for removing moles. Call us to talk with our mole specialist, and enjoy your free consultation (954) 546-7655.