Moles

Moles Dermatologist Wake Forest, NC

Moles Services - Wake Forest, NC

During childhood and adolescence, most individuals develop 10-40 moles, which can evolve in appearance or diminish over time. Regular examination of these moles is crucial for skin cancer prevention. At Wake Forest Dermatology in Wake Forest, North Carolina, Dr. Patricia Matheis specializes in assessing and removing moles to mitigate the risk of skin cancer. Contact Wake Forest Dermatology via phone or utilize the online booking tool to schedule an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Matheis.

Moles Q&A

What are the Signs of a Mole?

Moles are common skin growths formed by clusters of pigment-producing cells known as melanocytes. You may identify a mole on your skin through distinctive color and texture characteristics, including:

  • Brown
  • Tan
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Smooth
  • Wrinkled
  • Flat
  • Raised

Most moles are typically oval or round and are typically the size of a pencil eraser or smaller. However, congenital nevi, which are moles present at birth, can be larger and cover areas of the face, limbs, or torso.

While most moles are harmless, some may pose a risk of skin cancer, especially melanoma. Changes in size, shape, or color of moles should be monitored closely.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer, arising from cancerous pigment-producing cells. It often manifests as changes in an existing mole, such as alterations in size, shape, or color.

To prevent melanoma, regular skin examinations are essential. Any changes observed in moles should be promptly evaluated by Wake Forest Dermatology.

Protecting your skin from harmful UV radiation by avoiding peak sun times, using sunscreen year-round, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding tanning lamps reduces the risk of skin cancer, particularly in moles.

What is the Mole Removal Procedure?

At Wake Forest Dermatology, Dr. Matheis conducts a comprehensive skin evaluation to identify any abnormal moles with potential for skin cancer development. Suspicious moles are typically removed as a precautionary measure to prevent complications.

Mole removal procedures involve either surgical excision, where the entire mole is cut out and the skin stitched closed if necessary, or shaving off the mole with a surgical blade.

Following removal, the mole is examined under a microscope for cancer cells. If cancer is detected, further tests are conducted, and a treatment plan is devised.

To undergo a mole examination, contact Wake Forest Dermatology or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.