Mole Removal Treatment in Pittsburgh
Moles, are very common brown or black growths on your skin that are sometimes elevated.
Moles usually appear during childhood or before reaching 20 years of age with most of them appearing by age 40. The average adult will have anywhere between 10 to 40 moles in their lifetime.
As time goes on, you might find that some of your moles begin to change slowly. Often times changing color or becoming raised. It’s not uncommon for hairs to develop inside a mole as well. These changes are not always necessarily a cause for concern.
In fact, some moles don’t ever change and sometimes even slowly disappear. Sometimes as the mole goes away, a white ring can appear around the area. This is typically not dangerous or a cause for concern as this is normal.
The vast majority of moles do not present any danger, especially moles with a regular shape, defined borders and even color. A mole being irregular or raised does not necessarily indicate danger.
Because all moles contain melanocytes, they have the potential to develop into a Melanoma, a type of skin cancer which can be dangerous.
Types of Moles
I’m 21 and was worried about one of my moles so my Dermatologist at the Golla Center for Dermatology took a biopsy and it turned out to be a Melanoma. I’m so glad that they were able to catch it so early. Everyone at the Golla Center for Dermatology was so kind and always took the time to make me feel comfortable. I recommend them highly!
Examining Moles and Skin Tags
It’s our primary job here at the Golla Center for Dermatology to perform a complete skin exam and discover any suspicious moles.
If you have a family history of skin cancer, especially melanoma, you need to be proactive so any cancer can be caught at the earliest possible stage. We recommend a skin exam annually for everyone, irrespective of race or skin type.
Even if you are in the office for an unrelated procedure, we are happy to offer you this exam. It’s that important!
Contact the Golla Center for Dermatology today for a comprehensive exam of all your skin tags and moles.