Skin, Hair & Dermatology

Treatment for Abnormal Moles in Michigan

Just about everyone has a few moles, and they’re almost never something to be concerned about. Occasionally, a mole might be larger than you’d like, or in a place you don’t want it to be, or it might grow and change, or it might be what your dermatologist calls “atypical.”

What are the symptoms?

An atypical mole is generally larger than a pencil eraser, it may be oddly shaped instead of round, and it may have more than one color. Although they rarely appear on the face, they can appear anywhere on the body, most often on the stomach or back. Atypical moles may look like melanoma, but they are not considered cancerous. A biopsy or surgical removal of atypical or highly suspicious moles may be performed by the dermatologist to rule out a melanoma or other type of skin cancer.

How are they treated?

Most moles don’t require treatment unless they bother you by rubbing against clothing or you don’t like the way they look; occasionally your dermatologist may want to remove a mole to see if it is skin cancer. A mole can easily be either excised or shaved off by your dermatologist during an office visit.