Different Type Of Moles
It is important to know the different types of moles to know when to schedule an office visit.
- Common or acquired
These are the nevi that most people have; they are harmless and do not change in color, shape, and size. They appear on the skin after birth.
These are bigger than a pencil eraser, are different colors, and are odd in shape.
This type of mole is present at birth. It can be small or large – the bigger the mole, the greater the risk of melanoma.
- Spitz nevus
These are dome-shaped nevi that look like melanoma. Some bleed and come in various colors, like pink, red, or black.
Treatment For Moles
Dr. Weishar’s patients usually visit her for diagnosis and treatment when their mole changes in appearance. Patients have concerns when the skin growth becomes a nuisance (rubs against clothes) or looks unattractive.
Dr. Weishar removes moles leaving minimum scarring, using several techniques:
- Excision with a surgical blade
- Surgical shave
- Laser treatment
- Liquid nitrogen
We use a numbing cream before the procedure and a topical cream after to prevent infection during treatment. In addition, we examine moles after the removal to rule out any underlying cause for concern, such as skin cancer.