Moles are common and can develop at any time during our lifetime. However, many patients are unsure which moles are benign and which may indicate the presence of cancer. At Houston Dermatology Associates, our providers are experienced and skilled in detecting atypical and cancerous moles as well as providing mole removal for patients in and around Houston, Texas. Let’s take a look at moles and get a better understanding of when they may become problematic and what can be done.
Moles are small, typically pigmented spots that can appear on the skin. They are very common, and most people have at least a few moles on their bodies. Moles are generally harmless, but sometimes they look similar to precancerous or even cancerous growths such as melanoma. Therefore, patients must understand what moles are and when they should be evaluated and biopsied.
Dermatologists strongly suggest that patients visit annually for a skin cancer screening. During this time, our providers at Houston Dermatology Associates may perform a full skin check with documentation of any moles. Any concerning moles, such as those that have recently changed in color, shape, or size, may need to be biopsied. This requires the removal of the mole and microscopic evaluation to look for atypical or malignant changes.
Skin cancer, especially Melanoma, can be deadly. Fortunately, it has noticeable indicators, making skin cancer easier to detect in the earliest stages. With routine skin cancer screenings at Houston Dermatology Associates, our providers can monitor any changes on the skin and determine when further evaluation is needed.
How is a mole removed? There are a few different ways in which the mole could be removed. These include:
Our dermatologists at Houston Dermatology Associates work alongside patients in the community to educate them on the signs of skin cancer and help them understand when moles need to be biopsied.
If you have a mole that you would like removed for cosmetic or medical purposes we invite you to call our office at (713) 790-0058 to request an evaluation at 6560 Fannin, Suite #1720.
Dr. Shah is a board-certified dermatologist who completed her BS at Duke University and her medical degree at UT Houston Mcgovern Medical School. She brings decades of experience providing dermatologic care with meticulous attention to detail and immense compassion.
Dr. Duffy is a board-certified dermatologist who graduated with honors from Baylor College of Medicine. Her years of experience and dedication in the profession enable her to provide the most exceptional care. She has an interest in both adult and pediatric dermatology.
Dr. Emily Mintz is a board-certified dermatologist who completed her Columbia University Medical Center residency. Dr. Mintz likes offering comprehensive dermatologic treatment to patients of all ages and provides cosmetic procedures such as cosmetic fillers, chemical peels, and laser surgery.
Lana Rabinovich, M.D., Ph.D., is a board-certified dermatologist who received her M.D. and Ph.D. at New York City's State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and is delighted to serve patients of all ages in their dermatological care.