Moles

Moles Treatment Provider
Moles are very common, and almost every adult has at least a few of them. Some can be unsightly and cause people to feel poorly about their appearance. If a mole is bothering you and you’d like it removed, make an appointment with Dr. Regina Anderson at her Baltimore, Maryland practice. She and her helpful staff can help answer questions about different moles and perform simple, effective surgical removal procedures.

Moles Q & A

What is the difference between a mole and melanoma?

Moles are spots or raised growths on your body that appear on the skin mostly during childhood and adolescence. Some moles grow, darken, or lighten. People with lighter skin tend to have more moles. Moles are usually:

  • One color (often brown)
  • Round
  • Flat or slightly raised

A change in an existing mole or an entirely new mole in adulthood is commonly the first sign of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

What should I look for when examining moles on my skin?

Track new or existing moles with these helpful ABCDEs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry: If half of the mole is unlike the other half
  • Border: An abnormal, or poorly defined border
  • Color: If the color of the mole varies from one area to another
  • Diameter: Melanoma spots are usually larger than 6 millimeters
  • Evolving: If it’s changing in size, shape, or color

If you detect any of these signs, make an appointment to see Dr. Anderson.

How should I examine moles on my skin?

Here are helpful tips on how to examine moles on your skin: 

  • Examine your skin after a shower, while it’s still wet
  • Check “hidden” areas (between toes and fingers, groin, and behind your knees)
  • Check your scalp and neck for moles using handheld mirror
  • Monitor moles on your body with photos and dates to track changes
  • Pay more attention to moles if you’re pregnant, going through menopause, or during other times when hormones surge

What is surgical removal like?

If a mole is affecting your appearance or is just bothering you, Dr. Anderson can surgically remove it during a short office visit. During the procedure, she cuts out the entire mole and stitches the skin shut, when necessary. She then sends it out to a lab to be inspected.

Can I remove a mole at home?

No. Never try to remove a mole by yourself at home. It might seem easier and more convenient, but there are three key reasons why you should let a dermatologist like Dr. Anderson handle the procedure for you:

  • Skin cancer: If the mole has any skin cancer cells, some of them can remain on your skin and even spread
  • Scarring: You can damage or disfigure your skin, resulting in a scar
  • Infection: A professional dermatologist uses clean, sterile equipment to prevent infection
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