Mole Removal Treatment Doctor in Pearland TX
Most moles are harmless, but your doctor may recommend removal if a mole looks suspicious. Moles can also be removed for cosmetic reasons. Whether you need a surgical excision or a shave to remove the mole, the procedure is quick and does not hurt once the area is numb. Come to Broadway Family Clinic for mole removal treatment. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We are located at 3129 Kingsley Drive, Suite 340 Pearland, Texas 77584.
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What causes moles to grow?
Can moles be completely removed?
How painful is mole removal?
Do moles grow back after mole removal?
Moles are small, pigmented growths that can appear anywhere on the skin. While they are generally harmless, some people may find them unsightly or worry that they could be a sign of skin cancer. Understanding moles’ biology and the factors contributing to their growth is important for prevention and treatment.
Moles are clusters of pigmented cells called melanocytes that grow in the skin. They can vary in size, shape, and colour, and may be raised or flat. While many of the moles a physician inspects are benign, some may develop into melanoma, a type of skin cancer. The growth of moles is influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Genetic factors play a significant role in determining the number and size of moles a person has. The cellular processes involved in mole development are also complex and involve interactions between melanocytes and other skin cells.
Environmental factors can also contribute to the growth of moles. Exposure to sunlight and UV radiation is a major contributor, as it can damage the DNA in skin cells and trigger the development of melanocytes. Hormonal changes during pregnancy or puberty can also lead to the growth of moles, as can the presence of certain viruses and medical conditions. For example, people with weakened immune systems may be more prone to developing moles.
Prevention and treatment options for moles depend on the individual’s risk factors and preferences. Lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing moles include avoiding excessive sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen. Various mole removal methods are available, including surgical and non-surgical options. Non-surgical methods include cryotherapy, which involves freezing the mole with liquid nitrogen, and laser therapy, which uses a laser to destroy the mole. Surgical methods include excision, which involves cutting out the mole and shave removal, which involves shaving off the mole with a scalpel. It is important to note that mole removal procedures carry potential risks and benefits, and should be discussed with a dermatologist or other medical professional.
During mole removal, your dermatologist shaves or cuts the mole to remove it from your skin. This is usually a quick, outpatient procedure that allows your doctor to test the mole for skin cancer. Some people also remove moles for cosmetic reasons. Mole removal can treat atypical moles on the face, neck, arms, legs, or anywhere on the upper body. Your healthcare provider may recommend the removal of an atypical mole so they can perform a test (biopsy) to determine whether the growth is cancerous (malignant) or precancerous.
If your dermatologist can remove the mole with a good margin (the area around the mole), mole removal can be a treatment for skin cancer that hasn’t spread.
Your healthcare provider can also remove a birthmark if you are unhappy with its location or appearance.
Your doctor will use anesthesia (a numbing agent) to prevent pain when the mole is removed. Some mole removal procedures require only local anesthesia (put on the skin directly), but your doctor may also inject medications such as lidocaine to ease your discomfort. You may experience a stinging or burning sensation in the area for a few days after mole removal.
Healing time depends on your overall health and the size of the mole removed. Mole removal can take two to three weeks to heal. During this time, you can do your usual activities but may feel a little sore. To ensure healing and prevent infection, you always should follow your doctor’s instructions for wound care.
Most moles removed by dermatologists are removed permanently. But some moles come back (return). If you have a mole removed and it comes back after it has healed, call your doctor.
If you want to get rid of unwanted moles, call us to book an appointment. We serve patients from Pearland TX, Shadow Creek Ranch TX, Southern Trail TX, Pomona TX, Southlake TX, Sienna Plantation TX, Fresno TX, Manvel TX, and Rosharon TX.
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