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General Dermatology & Aesthetic Dermatology located in Slidell, Madisonville and Hammond, LA and Picayune, MS

Moles

Moles services offered in Slidell, Madisonville and Hammond, LA and Picayune, MS

Moles aren’t usually harmful, but they’re frequently unsightly or uncomfortable. At Northshore Dermatology and four office locations in Slidell, Madisonville, Hammond, Louisiana, and Picayune, Mississippi, the team of knowledgeable dermatology professionals offers convenient in-office mole removal. With their surgical expertise, you can count on fast and effective mole removal that leaves minimal scarring. Schedule a mole consultation by calling the nearest office or request an appointment online today.

Moles Q&A

What is a mole in dermatology?

A mole is a common type of skin growth. Moles often appear as small, dark brown spots and are caused by clusters of pigment forming cells called melanocytes. Most people have 10 to 40 moles that occur during childhood and adolescence. They may fade over time or change in appearance.

Are there different types of moles?

There are several types of moles. The three main types are:

Common Mole

A common mole, also called an acquired mole, is usually harmless and appears on the skin after birth.

Congenital mole

Congenital moles are moles you're born with.

Atypical mole

Also called a dysplastic nevus, atypical moles often have an odd shape, show more than one color, and are larger than the size of a pencil eraser.

When figuring out if a mole is a cause for concern, the Northshore Dermatology team focuses on the ABCDEs of melanoma: Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolving.

Why would a dermatologist remove moles?

If you have an abnormal mole, you might need to have it removed. Removing suspicious moles and examining them for cancer cells is essential for catching melanoma early on when it's easiest to treat. 

During a skin cancer screening exam at Northshore Dermatology, the team can help to identify any abnormal moles and advise you on the next steps.

When might I need mole removal?

While most moles aren’t harmful, your mole may need removal if it meets the following criteria:

  • Suspicious appearance
  • A mole that appears suddenly
  • If it grows rapidly and changes in color or shape (atypical mole)
  • Discomfort — moles that occur in an uncomfortable area
  • Appearance (cosmetic)

If you find your moles unattractive or feel they detract from your appearance, mole removal can help you like how you look and boost your confidence.

Your moles may go to the Moh’s lab to check for skin cancer and other abnormalities. Should these tests show cancerous cells, the team will monitor your skin closely to ensure they remove all the dangerous cells.

If you’re unsure whether you need a mole removal procedure, the team at Northshore Dermatology is happy to discuss your treatment goals and help you decide.

To learn more about moles and treatment options available, call the office nearest you to speak with a friendly staff member and schedule your consultation. Online booking is also available and is fast and easy.

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