Mole Removal: Is Surgery a Good Option?

You might think of moles as beauty marks that remind you of supermodel Cindy Crawford or the legendary Marilyn Monroe. But if you have a mole that looks less than glamorous, you might be thinking about how to get rid of it.

Dr. Ritchie Rosso and Dr. Robert Chappell at the Laser & Aesthetic Center in Odessa, Texas, have seen more than their fair share of moles over the years. Their combined expertise in dermatology means that you can trust them and our team to accurately evaluate your moles and offer you the safest, most advanced treatment available when you want them removed. Here’s what you need to know.

What is a mole?

A mole is simply a growth on your skin. You can be born with it, or it could appear at anytime during your life. They can be red, pink, brown, or flesh-colored. Some have hairs; some don’t. 

They can be as small as the head of a pin or large enough to cover big patches of your skin. And they range in shape and texture from smooth and round to bumpy and jagged.

Moles are extremely common, and most adults have at least 10-40 on their body. 

Should I have my mole removed?

Most moles are harmless, and your choice to have them removed is purely cosmetic. Although some people love their moles and even highlight them as their trademark look, others feel less comfortable with the appearance of their moles or find that they get in the way of clothing and jewelry, so they’d rather be moleless. 

But in some cases, moles can be cancerous, and these must be removed.

How do I know if moles are cancerous?

Dermatologists like Drs. Rosso and Chappell are your best bet when it comes to accurately assessing the health of your skin and determining whether your mole is precancerous or cancerous. Here are a few things that could indicate malignancy:

Here are a few signs your mole, though not necessarily cancerous, might need to be checked out by our team:

If this describes any of your moles, come in and see us.  

What are my mole removal options?

The best method for your removing your mole depends on where it is, how big it is, and how deeply it’s rooted. 

Small moles that sit on the surface of your skin without much going on underneath can often be frozen off using liquid nitrogen or a topical solution.

Medium-sized moles may simply be shaved off by our team of experts. Don’t ever try to do this at home. We use sterile dermatological instruments and carefully feather the edges during the procedure to minimize scarring and keep infection at bay.

Larger moles and those that run deep under the surface of your skin may need to be removed with a laser treatment. In this case, our team uses a device that emits bursts of intense light into the mole, which breaks down the cells within it. This method may take a few sessions to completely remove your mole.

In all cases, we treat every mole carefully to minimize or prevent scarring. 

A word on cancerous moles

If your mole is cancerous, it needs to be removed immediately and completely. And if you have a cancerous mole, we’ll also examine you thoroughly for any other types of cancerous growths, such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.

If we find any, Dr. Rosso performs Mohs surgery, the most successful procedure for these types of skin cancer. This is a highly advanced procedure, and Dr. Rosso is one of only two physicians in the Permian Basin area currently trained to do it. 

So if you have a mole or moles you want removed, you have options. And if you have questions about what type you have and whether they should cause you any concern, give us a call or book an appointment online today, and get some peace of mind.

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