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Moles are an especially important condition to assess when performing skin checks. Moles can be present when a person is born or they can develop over time. Moles can develop in adulthood due to sun exposure, aging, and other factors.
Moles typically appear as brown but can also present in a variety of other colors. Moles can also appear as flesh-colored, pink, and red. Most moles are benign, but some may indicate more serious conditions such as melanoma (cancerous cells). Any moles that appear suddenly or change shape should be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible.
To prevent dark spots and moles caused by sun exposure, wear a strong SPF (at least SPF30) every day on the face and body and cover the exposed skin as much as possible when out in the sun.
It's hard to know when you should be concerned about existing moles, and it can be scary to think about something being wrong with your skin. A lot of people don't get regular skin exams because they're worried about what the doctor might find. They assume that if there's no obvious issue, then there's no point in getting checked.
Dermatologists and Dermatology PA's are experts in diagnosing skin problems. We can look at your skin and tell you whether or not we think a mole or multiple moles look suspicious. If we do, we'll take a sample and send it to a lab for examination under a microscope (biopsy). This is the best way to know for sure if a mole is cancerous or not, ultimately preventing skin cancer.
The main difference between a mole biopsy and mole removal is that a mole biopsy is simply taking a sample of the cells in the mole, while a mole removal completely eliminates the entire mole.
A mole biopsy is a procedure in which one of our specialists takes a small sample of the cells in a mole with a sharp scalpel or other tool without affecting the surrounding skin. A local anesthetic is used during this procedure and it takes just a few minutes to complete. After the tissue is collected, it is processed in a lab and examined by a pathologist to see whether it is normal or has any signs of melanoma.
Although some people remove a mole for cosmetic reasons, it is also done for medical reasons. Our providers make sure that all of the mole's cells are completely removed. If a mole isn't completely removed it can regrow and, worse yet, if it was a melanoma the cancerous cells may spread to other areas. Once you've had your mole removed, we'll bring you back to our office for periodic check-ups so that our providers can assess your progress.
Concerned about an existing mole or a recent mole that has appeared on your skin? At Skincredible Dermatology & Surgery, we will come up with a custom-tailored treatment plan to meet the needs of you and your skin. It is important to examine your moles and get them checked by a dermatologist. Checking your moles increases the chances of early detection and treatment of melanoma or other types of skin cancers. Learn more about our treatment options and schedule an appointment today!
Our double-board certified dermatologist, Dr. Bobby Awadalla employs Mohs surgery to treat non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Dr. Awadalla is highly skilled in using the Mohs surgery technique to remove cancerous cells while preserving as much healthy skin as possible. You'll have less scarring and a quicker recovery time than with other surgical techniques.
Mohs surgery is one of the safest and most effective techniques for treating BCC's and SCC's, the two common most common types of skin cancer. The surgery was developed by Frederic E. Mohs, MD, in the 1930s.
Cure rates for skin cancer after Mohs surgery treatment are up to 99%.
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I've been in ICU nurse for a little over 33 years this guy is exceptional and his professional team is equally exceptional...
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Dr. Awadalla and his staff are so accommodating and professional. I got a laser done on my face for acne scarring and it was quick, easy and painless! Super excited for the results!
Such a great facility. The receptionist was so sweet and the PA was great. I felt very comfortable and the place was super clean. The PA answered all my questions and the visit was a success. I highly recommend.
Staff is great and always responsive. Face has broke out in acne from wearing face masks and Adriana got me an appointment with the PA very quickly. I highly recommend that you check this group out!!
Dr. Bobby Awadalla gave close attention to my skin issues. I love the fact he follows up on the treatment procedures. I highly recommend him. He’s an excellent dermatologist. Also, his staff were very knowledgeable and courteous.
At Skincredible Dermatology & Surgery, we offer a wide variety of services and deliver natural-looking results to help you look and feel your best.
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