Moles and Growths
Moles and growths are common occurrences, especially for individuals who spend time in the sun. New growths or changes in existing growths on the skin, however, can be concerning due to the increase in the number of skin cancer cases experienced in recent decades. We like to let our patients know that moles and other growths are often benign, and are of no concern. We work with patients on an individual basis, helping them become familiar with their own skin and with the signs of skin cancer that warrant further investigation.
A number of different types of growths may appear on the skin and your dermatologist can evaluate them in a personal consultation visit. Growths that we commonly see include moles, freckles, sun spots, skin tags, oil-gland cysts, and seborrheic keratoses. The treatment for such growths will often depend on their size and location, as well as the patient’s skin type and overall tone.
The removal of a mole or growth may be suggested for several reasons. Any suspicious growths are biopsied and examined in a pathology lab before a final removal procedure is planned. Growths located in highly visible areas may pose cosmetic concerns, making removal the most viable solution. Growths may also develop in areas that rub against clothing or jewelry, or are nicked during shaving. For improved comfort, it is best to remove these growths.
Our dermatologists have completed extensive training programs and have years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of moles and other growths. In our practice, we have a variety of removal methods from which to choose.
- Growths may be removed in a simple surgical excision procedure. To remove a growth surgically, your dermatologist will first administer local anesthetic to the area. Once numb, the growth can be removed quickly and efficiently without discomfort. Depending on the size of the growth, sutures may be placed to reduce scarring.
- A growth may also be removed with curettage, a procedure that uses a special, sharp instrument to shave excess tissue and leave a smooth, flat surface.
- Cryosurgery is a treatment option that involves the freezing of tissue.
- Cautery may be used on numbed skin to remove a growth gently with heat.
- Your dermatologist may use laser technology to remove an unwanted growth.
Patients of Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. receive an excellent standard of care from trained, experienced, board-certified dermatologists who use proven therapies for various skin conditions. Contact our office today for your consultation.
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