Moles, which are also called nevi, are common. Almost every adult has moles. If you have light skin, you may have 10 to 40 moles. This is normal. Usually, a mole is nothing to worry about. However, a type of skin cancer called melanoma can grow in or near a mole. If a mole changes, or a new mole appears on your skin, it can be a sign of melanoma. If a mole begins to grow, itch, or bleed, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenson and Dr. Edwards.
Most moles do not need treatment. However, our dermatologists will take a tissue sample of a mole if it looks suspicious. We can then determine if the mole is cancerous. If it is cancerous, our dermatologists will remove a mole in Orem, Utah. Mole removal is a quick procedure. In some cases, the procedure may cause a permanent scar. There are two options for surgical mole removal. During surgical excision, our dermatologists will numb the area around the mole and cut out the mole and a small amount of surrounding skin with a scalpel. The wound is closed with sutures. During a surgical shave, the area around the mole is numbed. A small blade is used to cut around and beneath the mole. This option is often used for smaller moles.
Please contact Kraig Jenson, PC, Dermatology Center today for more information and to schedule an appointment.