Your Dermatologist may remove a mole, also called a nevus, for a variety of reasons. If your Dermatologist is suspicious of your mole he or she will recommend that it be removed or biopsied. A black, changing or bleeding mole should not be ignored. This can be a sign of melanoma. Melanoma is the least common, but most dangerous form of skin cancer. If left untreated it can metastasize (spread) and lead to death.
If the mole is suspicious to your Dermatologist, insurance will usually cover a biopsy or removal of this lesion. Many people choose to have moles removed for cosmetic reasons simply because they consider them unsightly. Your doctor can discuss options for removal depending on factors such as the type and location of the mole. Your mole may be excised and closed with stitches or removed without the need for stitches. All mole removals are done in the office with local anesthesia just to the affected area. Scars are generally minimal and may blend into the surrounding skin. Taking proper care of the surgical site will help to improve the final appearance of the scar.
All moles are submitted for pathology and review by a dermatopathologist. A dermatopathologist is a pathologist who is specially trained in interpretation of the skin and skin diseases. Slides are prepared in our office, which reduces waiting time for results. Dr. James Zalla and Dr. Sabra Abner are board certified in dermatopathology and read our slides in the office. Most results are available in less than one week.