In most cases, moles are benign (noncancerous) growths that usually form before you reach age 20. But if you have a mole that appears later in life or isn’t looking like it used to, you may need to have it removed. Michael F. Hamant, MD, an experienced, board-certified family medicine physician at Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., offers mole removal at his Tucson, Arizona, office. For an evaluation to discuss your moles, call the office or request an appointment online.
Moles are brown or black growths that appear on your skin. Moles occur when a group of pigmented skin cells proliferate, instead of spread out. These skin cells are called melanocytes and are the pigmented cells that give your skin its distinct color.
It’s not unusual for moles to change color or shape as you get older, but certain changes may warrant a visit with Dr. Hamant for an evaluation. Changes in mole shape, size, or color may be signs of skin cancer. You can use the acronym ABCDE when evaluating your moles:
You should also have Dr. Hamant look at any new moles that have developed after age 20.
Dr. Hamant determines if you need to have a mole removed. He is an experienced family medicine physician and conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come in for care, which includes an evaluation of your skin. If he finds a skin growth or mole that appears to follow an odd pattern or fits the ABCDE model, then he may suggest you have it removed.
Dr. Hamant performs your mole removal at the office. He may remove it by:
During a surgical incision, Dr. Hamant uses a scalpel to cut around your mole, removing some of your healthy skin along with the growth, which he then stitches closed. He uses a numbing agent before performing the procedure to ease your discomfort.
If your mole is small, Dr. Hamant may be able to shave off the mole using a small blade. This procedure is also performed after Dr. Hamant has numbed the area.
After removal of your mole, Dr. Hamant sends the tissue out for testing to confirm or rule out malignancy (cancer). If the mole is cancerous, Dr. Hamant provides specific instructions on what you need to do next.
Mole removal is a simple procedure Dr. Hamant can perform in the office. For an evaluation, call Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., or request an appointment online today.