Mole Check & Mole Removal in Miami
What is a mole?
A mole refers to a skin growth, usually black or brown in color, which can appear anywhere on your skin. Usually, a mole will appear during a person’s childhood but could change shape or color as you get older. In some cases, moles might completely disappear over time. In some cases, a mole changing might indicate a skin problem, including skin cancer. It is important to visit a certified dermatologist, such as the experts at the Skin Center of South Miami, if you have moles or notice a mole changing over time.
What causes a mole?
Moles are usually the result of skin cell growth in a cluster rather than spread out within the skin. When these cells are first formed, they are usually the normal color of your skin. However, over the course of your life, exposure to the sun and aging will usually turn the area a darker, more noticeable color.
How can I tell if a mole is cancerous?
In many cases, a mole is not considered to be medically concerning. However, some moles may be cancerous. If you notice any of the following symptoms of a cancerous mole, it is important to visit a dermatologist for a mole check at the Skin Center of South Miami:
- Bleeding mole
- Oozing mole
- Itchy mole
- Painful mole
- Tender mole
- Difference in appearance of one side of a mole
- Irregular edges of mole
- Changes in mole color
When should I have mole removal surgery?
When a mole is diagnosed as cancerous, your physician will likely recommend first removing the mole as well as a small portion of surrounding nearby tissue. When this is done early, the skin cancer does not usually return. However, in rare situations, other treatments might be necessary if the cancer returns. A procedure called Mohs surgery may be used when the skin cancer has grown beneath the skin.
What are the benefits of visiting the Skin Center of South Miami for a mole check or treatment?
The benefits of visiting a dermatologist to evaluate your skin and check for any changes in moles and other skin abnormalities include the following:
- Early detection of skin cancer can improve your treatment success
- Your dermatologist can track any changes in a mole over time
- You can lessen the chances of skin cancer progressing
If you notice a new or changing mole and are interested in skin cancer screening, visit our experienced dermatologists at the Skin Center of South Miami. Our providers are experts when it comes to skin exams and early cancer detection. We are dedicated to delivering personalized dermatology care for every patient, no matter how big or small your concerns are. Call us at 305-740-6181 or fill out the form on this page to schedule a consultation today.