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Moles & Mole Removal

In medical terminology, benign moles may be called “melanocytic nevi”. These usually appear as dark brown or tan bumps or brown spots on a person’s skin. You could think of moles as a collection of melanocytes (skin cells that produce pigment). Many people perceive moles as dark brown spots, but they can actually take several forms, and vary in size, shape, and color.

Why do moles appear?

Moles are usually not harmful in nature, but certain signs such as itching and change in the size or color do require attention. They typically develop during the initial twenty years of one’s life and may darken or multiply as a result of sun exposure. For some people, genes play a major role in the development of multiple moles.

At the La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, our team of medical professionals have extensive experience in accurately diagnosing and treating multiple skin conditions, including the removal of moles.

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Mole removal methods

The removal of moles is possible through the use of 3 different procedures, shave mole removal, laser mole removal, mole excision. The shave mole removal uses a special instrument and relies on the doctor’s technique to minimize scarring. The mole is first anesthetized and then scraped off the skin using a special skin blade. The laser utilized for removing moles pulses at the speed of 100 times per second and may use ablation as a way to evaporate moles. Other lasers may use the pigment in the mole as the target for removal. This helps in preventing unnecessary skin damage while minimizing scarring risks. Mole removal using this laser technique is known to offer excellent cosmetic results. The only drawback is the reoccurrence of moles given the laser beam does not penetrate deep into the tissue. Often times, repeating the procedure may be necessary.

The excision treatments for mole removal are performed under the effects of local anesthesia to minimize pain and/or discomfort for the patient. The healing and recovery time entailed in surgical mole removal is approximately one to two weeks.

La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center

Our highly experienced dermatologists have performed numerous mole removal procedures using both laser and excision techniques. If you are looking to get a mole removed for cosmetic or medical reasons, schedule a consultation at La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center.


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