A mole is basically a discolored skin lesion. They can range from harmless freckles to dangerous melanomas. If left untreated, will all moles increase in size? What are some mole changes that you should look out for to determine if it needs to be removed? Can you remove a mole simply because you don’t like the way it looks? Here are some important answers.
A Few Things Everyone Should Know About Moles
Before you get concerned, it is important to remember that most moles are benign and will stay that way throughout your life. Of course, you are welcome to have any mole removed that you don’t want anymore, whether it is for health or aesthetic purposes. However, these are a few important things to know so that you can get a potentially dangerous mole checked by a healthcare professional.
Most moles appear during childhood. If they do grow, it would be very slow. Some moles never change at all.
The faster a mole grows, the more reason for concern. This is especially true if the mole is growing in an asymmetrical pattern.
Smooth edges are more likely to indicate a benign mole, whereas irregular shapes indicate a greater cause for concern.
Be cautious of moles that become itchy or begin to bleed, even if you have had them for many years.
Spots that change colors or contain multiple colors in one mole are also a risk factor for melanoma.
Melanoma can become life-threatening in as little as six weeks, so do not ignore a rapidly changing or growing mole.
In short, you probably don’t have to worry about a mole that is not changing (or changing very slowly), and that is symmetrical, has smooth borders, is one color, or is smaller than a quarter inch. On the other hand, asymmetrical moles with uneven edges that are changing or growing rapidly can be dangerous. This is especially true if they are over a quarter inch in size or are multiple colors.
Safe and Effective Mole Removal on Long Island in NY
NY Face Place is proud to offer state of the art mole removal treatments in Mineola, NY. Doctor Alex can help you to meet your health and beauty goals with safe and effective care. Contact us today at 516.294.9454 to schedule a consultation regarding any mole that you would like to have examined or removed.