Mole Removal

Your body has skin cells called melanocytes and these cells produce melanin, which determines the color of your skin. Melanocytes can grow in clumps, producing a mole. Nearly everyone can have between 10 and 40 moles and they can be many different colors or textures, but they are usually less than 6 millimeters in diameter.

Moles can be an early sign of skin cancers like melanoma, and melanoma can be fatal. This is why you should do a self-exam periodically. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are signs to look for, including:

  1. An asymmetrical shape
  2. An irregular border
  3. A change in color
  4. A diameter larger than 6 millimeters
  5. A change in shape, color, size or height

You should see your dermatologist at Academy Dermatology and Laser Center if you have a mole that is:

  • Showing any of the signs listed above
  • Burning or itching
  • Bleeding or oozing
  • Painful
  • Growing back after a previous removal
  • New and you are over 30 years old

Academy Dermatology and Laser Center is located in Colorado Springs, CO.  Our team offers a full range of skin services including mole removal. Your dermatologist may recommend:

  • A surgical shave of your mole-- your dermatologist will numb the area and cut around the mole and underneath it. Shaving is often used for smaller moles and no suturing is required.
  • A surgical excision of your mole-- your dermatologist will numb the area and cut out the mole with a punching instrument. Surgical excision requires sutures.

Mole removal is usually done on an outpatient basis and only takes a short appointment. If you think your mole might be the beginning of something worse, like skin cancer, give the Academy Dermatology and Laser Center in Colorado Springs, CO a call to schedule an appointment today (719) 590-1800!