These common skin growths occur when pigmented cells grow in a cluster rather than being spread throughout the skin.
Moles can be present at birth, develop during childhood, or appear over time as a result of sun exposure or genetics. While moles are typically harmless, in rare cases they can become cancerous. That’s why it’s so important to monitor moles—especially those that appear suddenly in adulthood, or have an unusual appearance—and to seek a professional examination. Even when benign, moles can affect our comfort, appearance, and self-esteem, and many patients decide to have them removed.
Moles can appear anywhere on the body, and vary in size, shape (often round or oval), and colour (ranging from pinkish or skin-toned to brown and even black).
It’s completely normal for moles to change and even disappear over the course of your lifetime. When deciding to have moles removed, the first step is a thorough examination by Dr. Geeta Yadav to establish whether the moles in question are benign. At Skin Science Dermatology, we offer a range of options for safe mole removal depending on your unique circumstances.
With surgical excision, the entire mole including the root is cut out using a scalpel, after which the incision is closed with stitches. Surgical excision carries the least likely chance of regrowth, but unlike shave excision, often results in a mole removal scar.
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