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Removing Unsightly, Possibly Cancerous Moles In Northern VA

Moles can be unsightly and uncomfortable and typically just a blemish, but sometimes they can also be cancerous and lead to serious health risks if they are not removed. Most people think of moles as brown, but they can also be red, pink, and flesh-colored, and in some cases, they have hairs that grow from them. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people have 10 to 40 moles somewhere on their skin.

When Should I Have A Doctor Check A Mole?

You should maintain an annual skin cancer screening with a dermatologist. The doctor will examine your body for any suspicious moles. If you have a mole that concerns you, you probably want to have a dermatologist check it out before it’s time for your annual skin checkup.

Visit a dermatologist immediately if you have a new or rapidly growing mole that:

  • Looks infected

  • Suddenly changes in size or shape

  • Is itchy

  • Spontaneously bleeds

Follow the “ABCDE” model of identifying possibly cancerous moles. It’s essential to regularly examine your skin for moles that fit one or more of these descriptions and take note of any moles which change over time so you can report to your dermatologist:

If one section of the mole has a different shape, color or appearance from the rest of the mole.

If your mole has an irregular border or shape or is not clearly defined from the rest of your skin.

Your mole should not include different colors or shades of the same color.

If your mole grows to a size of 6mm or larger

Any mole that changes over time in color, shape, and size.

What Is Mole Removal?

Mole removal is the complete removal from the skin in a way that minimizes scarring and creates a smooth, discreet finish. Using various techniques, moles can be removed from any location. Removing a mole is a permanent solution to this common cosmetic concern when performed by a skilled and experienced doctor. Some moles can be removed during a routine office visit, and sometimes a follow-up visit is necessary.

Types of nonsurgical and surgical procedures used for mole removal:

This nonsurgical procedure uses a small amount of liquid nitrogen to remove a noncancerous mole.

This nonsurgical procedure uses an electric current to burn off the upper layers of a noncancerous mole and may take more than one session to complete.

This minor surgical procedure involves using a thin, razor-like surgical blade to shave the mole off the skin’s surface.

This minor surgical procedure goes deeper than shaving to excise the entire mole and stitch the skin back together. This type of removal is typically used if the mole is cancerous. The doctor will anesthetize the area and use a scalpel to cut through the skin to the subcutaneous fat layer to remove your mole. The defect that is created from this removal is closed using stitches.

In both surgical excision and a shave excision, your mole will be examined under a microscope after its removal to check for signs of cancer or other atypical issues.

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Benefits Of Mole Removal

While one of the main benefits of mole removal is aesthetic, our main concern is always your long-term health.

  • Mole removal is permanent

  • Mole removal can prevent the spread of cancerous and pre-cancerous cells

  • Discomfort is alleviated

  • Cosmetic concerns are addressed


There may be mild tenderness in the treated area for the first 1-4 days after your mole removal. You should plan to keep the treatment site clean and covered with a bandage for 1-2 days to protect the area. After this time, you can remove the bandage and keep the area clean and moisturized. Your doctor will inspect the area 1-2 weeks after your appointment to check your healing progress.


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