Wandisan-Rosete Medical Group
Internal Medicine located in Tracy, CA
Moles can appear anywhere on your body and usually aren’t cancerous, but they may make you feel self-conscious. If you’ve been considering have a mole removed, Wandisan and Rosete Medical Group offers the quick, outpatient procedure in Tracy, California. Find out more by calling today or booking a consultation online.
Mole Removal Q & A
Why do I have moles?
Moles are small skin growths that develop from the pigment-producing cells in your skin.
Moles typically develop during childhood or teen years. Fair-skinned people tend to get moles where their skin is exposed to the sun.
Moles are usually dark and can appear anywhere on your body. They range in size from small dots to more than an inch around. Once formed, moles remain for a lifetime, unless you opt for mole removal.
What are the types of moles?
Moles can be flat or raised and come in a variety of colors. A mole may be:
- Almost black
New moles may appear red at first, then often darken.
Are moles a sign of skin cancer?
Having more than 50 moles may slightly increase your risk of melanoma, a type of cancer. You can monitor your moles at home, but it’s also a good idea to have them examined periodically at Wandisan and Rosete Medical Group. Your doctor can identify your type of mole with a quick inspection of it.
They may ask questions about the mole, including:
- When did you first notice this mole?
- Is it new, or have you had it a while?
- Has the mole changed in shape or color?
- Does anyone in your family have moles, melanoma, or other types of cancer?
If a mole becomes itchy, painful, bleeds, or shows any warning signs of melanoma, your doctor at Wandisan and Rosete Medical Group may perform a biopsy, which involves taking a small sample of the mole for testing.
If a mole is cancerous, your doctor usually recommends mole removal. Mole removal also is an option for a mole that’s bothering you.
What happens during mole removal?
Mole removal is very quick. You’re escorted to a treatment room when you arrive at Wandisan and Rosete Medical Group. Your doctor numbs the area around the mole, then removes it, along with a small area of healthy skin, if necessary. Depending on the size of the mole, you may need a small bandage or a stitch or two. Afterward, your doctor explains how to care for your wound.
If one or more moles are troubling you, it’s time to take charge of the health of your skin. Call Wandisan and Rosete Medical Group today, or book a consultation online.