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How to Get Rid of a Mole

Mole Removal Memphis

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Everyone has at least a few skin blemishes and imperfections. Almost everyone has moles, pigmented skin spots that can occur anywhere on the body. While most moles do not need treatment, you may want to have yours removed. Your doctor may also decide to remove a mole if it concerns them. 

What is a Mole?

Moles form from skin cells called melanocytes. These cells produce pigment molecules that give our skin its color. Moles come in brown, tan, blue, red, or pink. They can occur anywhere on your body, but most often in areas exposed to the sun. Moles develop when clumps of melanocytes grow together to produce a small area of pigmentation. 

Mole Removal Memphis

How to Get Rid of a Mole

Your Levy Dermatology provider will examine your moles and determine whether any should be removed as a preventative measure. Most moles pose no risk and will not cause any harm, but if you have a mole somewhere that bothers you, you can always choose removal. Some moles might behave in a way that makes your provider want to remove them to prevent potential skin cancer. Fortunately, even odd-looking moles are typically benign, but you should let your doctor make this determination. 

Your Levy Dermatologist can remove moles using a punch or shave biopsy. These methods either punch out a small area, including the mole, or shave off the layer of skin containing the melanocytes. They may choose excision if they want to remove the mole and surrounding tissue for testing. Excision is often used for moles that cause concerns about potential skin cancer. 

Should I Be Concerned About My Mole?

Some moles can transform into a skin cancer called melanoma. This type of skin cancer can be dangerous. Dermatologists recommend being on the lookout for any moles that meet any of the “ABCDE” criteria:

  • Asymmetrical shape
  • Borders that look uneven or ragged
  • Color changes
  • Diameter greater than 6 mm
  • Evolution or change in the mole over time

Most moles remain relatively constant, so if you notice that a mole has noticeably changed, you should contact your dermatologist. Caught early, problematic moles can be safely removed

How Much Does It Cost to Remove a Mole?

The cost to remove a mole depends on its size and location, the method used, and the diagnosis. Your price may range from $150 to $2000. Your insurance may cover part of your mole removal, and we will assist you in working with them. 

Is There Any Downtime With Mole Removal?

Most mole removal only uses a local anesthetic so that you can resume your usual activities after treatment. Your dermatologist will provide you with care instructions based on your procedure. An excision takes longer to heal than a biopsy but should not hold you back from most activities. 

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