Help! I'm Embarrassed by This Mole

Pretty much everyone develops a mole, if not many moles, throughout their lifetime. In fact, most people have 10-40 moles in all, which may continue to crop up until around age 40. 

While many moles are no cause for alarm and some fade away during older age, there’s a lot you can do about a bothersome mole before then. In some cases, mole removal is important for your overall health.

At Northstar Dermatology in Fort Worth, Texas, our board-certified dermatologists perform routine full-body skin exams and evaluate any bothersome or suspicious-looking moles. Read on to learn more.

Mole basics

Moles take form when cells that give your skin color, known as melanocytes, cluster together. The result is a raised or flat lesion that’s smaller than a pencil eraser and brown, pink, or tan. 

If you have a mole that’s grown larger, bleeds, becomes scaly, or changes in other unusual ways, see one of our Northstar dermatologists for a medical assessment. These changes could be signs of skin cancer. 

Exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds damages cells that form moles, increasing the risk for rapid duplication and the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma

Reasons you may wish to have a mole removed include:

Mole removal

If we determine that your mole is cancerous, we can remove it and even cure melanoma, if we catch it early on. When we suspect a mole may be cancerous, we remove it and check for microscopic signs of skin cancer. 

We can also remove obviously noncancerous moles through a minor, outpatient procedure. Depending on the specifics of your mole, we may burn it off, shave it off, or remove it through surgical excision.

There are very few risks associated with mole removal. There’s a slight risk of infection, and any side effects, such as tenderness, tend to be mild and temporary. 

Depending on the specifics of your mole and the means of removal, you may develop scarring. We can often take steps to minimize scarring, if that’s a concern for you. 

If your mole does not indicate cancer and you’d rather avoid these risks, you can easily conceal some moles with clothing or makeup. If makeup or covering your mole in other ways has become tedious, you may prefer a more permanent solution.

To learn more about mole removal options or get the care you need, call our Fort Worth, Texas, office or request an appointment through our website.

You Might Also Enjoy...

3 Chronic Conditions that Cause Rashes

While some rashes are mild and temporary, others stem from a chronic condition in need of treatment. Understanding which chronic skin conditions are more likely to cause a rash may prompt you to seek the care you need.

When to See a Dermatologist About Acne

If acne has you down, seeing a dermatologist may be your next best step, especially if your home care methods aren’t helping. Seeking the professional treatment you need can reduce your symptoms while staving off complications.

5 Types of Psoriasis

Psoriasis causes bothersome symptoms, from painful, itchy plaques to skin that peels away or bleeds. Knowing which of the five official types of psoriasis you have can help your dermatologist formulate the best possible treatment.

4 Ways to Treat Hair Loss

Patches of baldness or larger amounts of hair in your brush can be pretty upsetting. We can help treat these signs of alopecia through several noninvasive treatments, including light therapy and different types of medications.

When Should I Seek Help for a Rash?

While some rashes are quite mild and temporary, others require swift medical care. Getting care from a dermatologist when rash symptoms set in can help determine the underlying cause and your ideal treatment.

Can Anybody Get a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels can enhance your appearance by bringing about new, healthy skin — but are they for everyone? Before scheduling a chemical peel, consider whether you’re a good candidate.