Moles are clusters of heavily pigmented skin cells, either flat or raised above the skin surface. While most pose no danger, some-particularly large moles present at birth, or those with mottled colors and poorly defined borders-may develop into malignant melanoma. Moles are frequently removed for cosmetic reasons, or because they’re constantly irritated by clothing or jewelry (which can sometimes cause pre-cancerous changes).
Most moles are removed surgically. If the mole is small, the procedure can be done quickly and easily, in our office, using local anesthesia. The procedure may be a simple excision, which usually leaves a thin, barely visible scar.
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