Moles are skin lesions that commonly occur on the surface of the skin. These lesions are comprised of cells which produce pigments that create the discoloration that many patients notice. When the cells grow too close together in groups or clusters, they present above the skin as a mole. Moles typically form from birth until the age of 30. These moles are typically benign and are not usually indicative of any serious illness. By the age of 30, you can expect to have 10-20 moles on your body. If you are looking for the best mole removal in San Diego, you have come to the right place! The mole removal process is extremely safe and the recovery time is minimal to none. In most cases there is little to no scarring!
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If you have a mole that is causing irritations like bleeding, itchiness, or pain, then it could be a cancerous mole. This is especially true if it is changing size, shape, and color too quickly and asymmetrically. These moles will usually show up on people after they are 30 years old. If your mole is cancerous, then it must be removed as soon as possible to avoid melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and metastasis to other parts of your body. It is strongly recommended that you speak with a doctor about your mole if your mole is causing any aforementioned irritation or is changing size, shape, color, or growing asymmetrically. Moles that demonstrate such behavior may be indicative of a more serious condition.
If you have non-cancerous moles, you may want to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. For example, you may have a mole that is located in an awkward place on your body, or the mole may even be located in a spot that makes shaving problematic and irritating.
For cancerous moles, or moles that demonstrate any of the aforementioned behaviors, speak with a doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will determine if your mole is benign and the treatment or removal that you may need.
In most cases, you will be referred to a specialist, oftentimes a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon, for mole removal services. Your doctor might conduct a biopsy of the mole first to determine if it is healthy to remove it from your skin. If it is, then you will be scheduled for a surgical procedure where the surgeon will remove the mole and underlying pigmented cells. The surgeon will then suture your skin and instruct you to allow it to heal for several weeks. The other alternative to traditional surgery is cryosurgery, which is where liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the mole so that it can be removed from the surface of your skin.
Cost depends on the size, shape, and number of moles that you’d like to remove. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!