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Mole Removal

offered in Midtown East and Upper East Side, New York, Commack, Hampton Bays, Plainview and Smithtown, NY and Englewood, Clifton and Marlboro, NJ

Mole Removal

The expert team at MDCS Dermatology: Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, located in Upper East Side, Garden City, Hampton Bays, Commack, Smithtown, Plainview and Midtown East of Manhattan, NY, as well as Clifton, Marlboro and Englewood, NJ, determine whether a mole needs to be removed, and if so, excise it with delicate precision. Our doctors expertly remove and biopsy moles for patients throughout the greater New York area.

Mole Removal Q & A

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What is a mole?

A mole, known by the medical term nevus, is a brown or black growth that occurs on the skin when cells grow in a cluster, rather than spread out. Moles, which can appear anywhere on the skin’s surface, may be present at birth or develop later in life. Over time, some moles change, others disappear and still others remain the same. People with fair complexions, red or blond hair, and blue or green eyes are more apt to have moles.

A dermatologist is trained to identify moles, which the average patient may confuse for any number of other dark spots on the skin.

Do all moles need to be removed?

No. In fact, most don’t require any treatment. A mole need be removed only if:

  • It’s bothersome, such as causing discomfort by rubbing against clothing. Could be skin cancer.
  • A person doesn’t like the way it looks.
  • It’s potentially cancerous. Moles are more likely to be cancerous if: they look different than other moles on a patient’s face or body, they appear after the person is age 30, they change in color, size, or shape, become raised, bleed, itch, ooze, or are painful.

What does mole removal entail?

A mole can be removed in two ways. These are:

  • Surgical excision. The dermatologist excises the entire mole with a special tool. The site may or may not require stitches afterwards. If the dermatologist suspects that the mole contains cancer, it will be sent to a lab for a biopsy (examination under a microscope).
  • Surgical shave. A surgical blade is used to remove the mole. Stitches are usually not required with this approach. Again, if the more is potentially cancerous, it will be sent to a lab for a biopsy.

If a removed mole grows back, have it checked. This can be a sign of skin cancer. 

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