Moles and other minor skin imperfections are extremely common, but most people do not pay much attention to them because they are not particularly significant. These skin spots are not limited to any particular body part and can manifest anywhere, from the scalp to the toes.
If you feel self-conscious about how many you have or where they are, you may opt to have some moles surgically removed for cosmetic reasons. However, there are circumstances where removing a mole is necessary to prevent harm to your health.
Medical Reasons to Remove a Mole
Having many moles can be worrisome because you do not know if they are all harmless. Most of them are benign (noncancerous), but sometimes they can develop into cancer. Therefore, you should see a dermatologist regularly for monitoring and know what to look for in between checkups. On the other hand, you could get them surgically removed for peace of mind if you are naturally anxious.
What to Look for In a Mole to Identify Those That Need Removal
It is not healthy to spend a lot of time obsessing over your moles, but you should see a dermatologist if any of your pigmented spots exhibit the following symptoms:
- If it is not visible for monitoring
- If its color, shape or size changes quickly
- If it is multicolored
- If it itches or bleeds
- If it is frequently aggravated by other skin conditions, clothes or beauty products
- If it is frequently nicked while shaving
You do not necessarily have cancer if your mole displays one of these symptoms, but it is cause for concern. Seek medical guidance as soon as possible for a diagnosis. If you need to have it removed, you can trust Dr. Mark Jones to do so elegantly, with minimal or no scarring.
Cosmetic Reasons to Remove a Mole
Even if your mole is harmless, you could still want to get it removed for aesthetic reasons. For example, a mole on a highly visible part of your body, like your face, neck, arms or hands, can be uncomfortable or embarrassing.
Dr. Jones can remove non-suspicious moles from anywhere on your body. Scarring after mole removal is different for each person, but with modern techniques and a skilled surgeon like Dr. Jones, it is usually small or not noticeable. Contact our office so we can help you make an informed surgery decision and guide you through each stage.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.