Dermatologist in Houston, TX helps patients get rid of moles
Patients in the Houston, TX area who are interested in speaking to a dermatologist who can get rid of moles is welcome to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation with Dr. Seymour Weaver of Dr. W Dermatology. Moles, or “nevi,” are common skin growths. In fact, most adults have at least a few of them present anywhere on the body. In most situations, moles will appear on the skin around the childhood years or throughout adolescence. Some moles will darken or lighten over time, and this is perfectly normal. However, adults who experience new moles or changes to their existing ones will want to speak to a dermatologist first before removing for cosmetic purposes.
Changes in the moles may be an indication of a serious problem such as melanoma, which is a certain type of skin cancer. Melanoma should not be taken lightly, and before removing any moles, a biopsy should be done if the patient notices specific changes in their moles, including:
- Unusual growth
- Itching of the mole
- Bleeding of or around the mole
- Changes in the shape and size of the mole
If melanoma is present the earlier it is diagnosed, the better. Diagnosis of a mole that may signify skin cancer is done by doing a biopsy. During a biopsy procedure, the dermatologist will remove a small portion of the mole and send it to a special laboratory to have it tested and evaluated further. If cancerous skin cells are present, patients will need to work with their dermatologist to determine the next course of action. Patients who have benign moles on the skin and want them removed for cosmetic purposes can speak to a professional about removal methods. In addition to cosmetic purposes, patients may have moles removed because they are bothersome or irritating. A perfect example is a mole that may rub against clothing and cause discomfort for patients.
Dermatologists can remove moles in just one office visit. Dr. Seymour Weaver can get rid of moles in a few different ways. Moles can be removed via:
- Surgical excision – during an excision, the dermatologist may remove the mole by cutting into it and stitching the skin around it closed.
- Surgical shave – treatment with a surgical shave is done using a special blade that the dermatologist uses to remove the mole.
Whenever a mole is removed, even if there are no initial concerns, the mole is evaluated to check for cancer cells. If the laboratory results show that the mole is cancerous, then the dermatologist will notify the patient and work with them to determine a treatment plan for the cancer.
What to expect after mole removal
When a mole is removed, the surrounding skin should heal quickly. If a mole grows back in the same area, it is important that patients make another appointment with their dermatologist for an evaluation. Moles growing back in the removal area may be a sign of melanoma or other problems that need to be addressed with a professional.
Why annual skin checks are encouraged
Many of our patients who have moles removed will be notified by our dermatologist that they need to visit regularly for annual skin cancer screenings. During these screenings, a professional will evaluate every inch of skin from the head to the toe to look for any growths or unusual conditions that may point to a serious issue. This is encouraged once a year, as early diagnosis of conditions will often result in faster and easier treatment and healing. Dr. Seymour Weaver wants patients to be proactive about their skin health. Patients may also be educated on what to look for in growths that may signify skin cancer, including the changes that can happen to a mole. Self-exams are encouraged to catch melanoma early. Additionally, patients should take great care in performing regular self-examinations of the skin.
Take the time to speak to a professional about your skincare needs
Dr. Seymour Weaver of Houston, TX is pleased to provide patients with solutions to help get rid of moles when they are a cosmetic or medical concern. Contact Dr. W. Dermatology today by calling (281) 395-7770. Our practice is accepting new patients, as well as serving current patients.
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