Most moles are benign and do not require treatment unless you are bothered by them. However, irregular looking moles could be melanoma, which is the most concerning type of skin cancer. To ensure your health and well-being, Dermatologists of Birmingham offers mole treatment/examination for children, adolescents and adults who live in Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding areas in Alabama
What is Mole Examination and Treatment?
The moles on your skin are growths of pigment cells called melanocytes. These specialized cells give your skin color and normally grow across the skin. Moles can range in size and color, many of which are not noticeable. Everyone has moles, and some people have dozens or even a hundred moles.
Moles that do not cause any symptoms or change do not require treatment, but people may want some removed for cosmetic reasons. Concerning moles with irregular features that you notice or found during a full body skin exam must be removed for biopsy to diagnose melanoma. Our board certified dermatologists are specially trained to spot these irregular moles and decide if biopsy is necessary.
Mole treatment includes surgical removal by two different techniques. Many smaller moles are removed by shaving the lesion off which leaves a shallow wound and minimal scar. Larger moles must be excised with sutures to close the wound. Your dermatologist will keep all removals as minimal as possible and use good techniques to keep scars less noticeable.
Benefits of Mole Examination/Treatment
Dermatologists of Birmingham offers mole examination and treatment for children, adolescents and adults. Mole examination is the best way to detect melanoma in the early stages when treatment is most successful. If your mole is non-cancerous, you may decide to have it removed for cosmetic appearances.
How Do I Know If I Need a Mole Examination and Treatment?
Anyone can benefit from mole examinations, and anyone with a history of skin cancer or who is concerned about a mole on their skin should receive a mole examination. After your full body skin examination or mole evaluation, the dermatologist will explain the type of mole and any concerns they have. The dermatologist will then remove or schedule removal of any irregular moles you have. Having non-cancerous moles removed is a personal choice, and we encourage you to discuss your concerns with the dermatologist.
What to Expect from Mole Removal
Mole removal can be a quick and simple procedure at the time of your visit. Larger moles may require a scheduled return to excise with stitches. All removals occur in the office with local anesthesia and will result in a minor scar, though your dermatologist will use techniques to keep the scar as minimal as possible.
How Much Does Mole Examination and Treatment Cost in Birmingham?
Mole examination and treatment be covered by your insurance, but this varies based on the reason for the procedure. Removing a mole for cosmetic reasons is not covered by insurance. We will discuss your cost after the consultation, as well as our payment options. We accept payment by cash, checks and major credit cards. You may also qualify for financing.
Although moles are common, you should have your moles evaluated by our dermatologists. Mole treatment/examination is the best way to detect melanoma in the early stages. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for mole treatment/examination.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.