Do you have moles on your skin? While you may be concerned about the impact they have on your appearance, have you considered the impact they could have on your health? It is important to have a solid understanding regarding your personal relationship with your health, and your skin and the marks on it are no exception! Learn more about your skin and the marks upon it during a consultation with our team at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery at our locations in New York or Florida.
What Are Moles?
Moles are common marks on the skin that are usually dark brown spots. They are formed of clusters of pigmented cells, and they are typically harmless! They usually form and manifest on the skin during childhood and adolescence. However, sometimes they change during adulthood, which can sometimes indicate risk of a larger health issue.
Common traits of healthy, harmless moles include:
- Remaining the same and not undergoing changes from month-to-month
- Rounded shape with an even, clean border
- Solid color (usually brown, but may vary)
- Texture that is flat or slightly raised
If you have a mole that you are concerned about, we recommend a consultation with our team at one of our locations in New York or Florida. Most do not pose any risk, but being proactive is always a good idea!
Why Should I Monitor Moles?
As previously mentioned, moles that undergo changes can be indicators of harmful health risks. These changes may indicate melanoma or other forms of skin cancer. Melanoma is unfortunately one of the most common forms of cancer, but taking a proactive approach to your skin health can make a major difference in early detection.
Monitoring changes can be as easy as your ABCs! Changes to monitor include:
While some changes may be dramatic, it is important to keep a watchful eye for the most subtle of changes.
What Is Mole Removal?
If one of your moles poses a risk to your health, there are treatment options available. We offer mole removal as a preventative method. There are different types of removal – excision, scraping, and shaving – and our team can help determine which is best for you.
Your health is important to us, but so are your cosmetic goals! This procedure may also be used if you are unhappy with the effect a mole is having on your appearance.