Scarless Mole Removal | Skin Lesion Removal
Remove Moles, Skin Tags, Spiderveins and more - scarlessly
Associates in Dermatology has one of the largest and most experienced dermatologist practices in Bloomington-Normal, offering mole removal, wart removal, and skin lesion removal. Our staff is skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery. Thanks to modern mole removal technology, growths and some facial veins can be removed, resulting in smoother, more attractive skin.
Evaluating and Treating Moles
The team at Associates in Dermatology will start with evaluation before proceeding to mole removal. Most adults have between 10 and 40 common moles, which are usually smaller than about 1/4 inch. They are typically round or oval, with a smooth surface, a distinct edge, and uniform in color. You should make an appointment if you notice a new mole or notice any of the following changes in a common mole:
- Color changes
- Changes in size (the mole gets unevenly smaller or bigger)
- Changes in shape, texture or height
- The skin on the surface becomes dry or scaly
- The mole becomes hard or feels lumpy
- It starts to itch
- It bleeds or oozes
For moles, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- Do you think this mole might be cancerous?
- What's the most appropriate course of action?
- How can I tell if a mole needs to be looked at?
- Can I prevent more moles from developing?
- Do you have any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?
The typical mole is a brown spot, though moles can come in different colors, shapes and sizes:
- Color and texture. Moles can be brown, tan, black, red, blue or pink. They can be smooth, wrinkled, flat or raised. They may have hair growing from them.
- Shape. Most moles are oval or round.
- Size. Moles are usually less than 1/4 inch in diameter
There are many things you can do to help limit the development of moles and the main complication of moles — melanoma.
Watch for changes
It's smart to become familiar with the location and pattern of your moles, so you can stay ahead of any complications. Regularly examine your skin to look for changes that may signal melanoma. You can perform your own head-to-toe check, including your scalp, palms and fingernails, armpits, chest, legs, and your feet, as well as the soles and the spaces between the toes. Ask your dermatologist about your risk factors for melanoma and whether you need a professional skin exam on a routine basis.
Protect your skin
You can take measures to protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as from the sun or tanning beds. UV radiation has been linked to increased melanoma risk. And children who haven't been protected from sun exposure tend to develop more moles.
- Avoid peak sun times. Try to schedule outdoor activities for other times of the day, even on cloudy days or in winter.
- Use sunscreen year-round. Apply sunscreen about before going outdoors, even on cloudy days. Re-apply if you're swimming or sweating.
- Cover up. Sunglasses, broad-brimmed hats, long sleeves and other protective clothing can help you avoid damaging UV rays.
- Avoid tanning lamps and beds. Tanning lamps and beds emit UV rays and can increase your risk of skin cancer.