Mole removal may be performed for both medical and cosmetic reasons. A medical reason to remove a mole would be to determine if the lesion represents a form of skin cancer or if it causing the patient physical discomfort. When a mole develops a change in, or has an unusual, size, shape or color this creates concern that skin cancer may be developing. Depending on the size, shape and reason, mole removal may or may not require stitches. All moles removed by the doctor will be sent for analysis by a dermatopathologist to determine whether or not they are cancerous.
At Aglow Dermatology, we recommend an annual full body skin check. Patients with a personal or family history of skin cancer, or multiple, or abnormal, moles are particularly encouraged to have a skin cancer screening.
Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a cosmetic condition in which multiple brown lesions grow on a person’s face. People often refer to these lesions as ‘facial moles.’ Technically, these lesions are not moles but another kind of harmless skin growth. Dermatosis papulosa nigra tends to run in families. Treatment of these lesions is elective. Dr. Strachan is experienced and skilled at the removal of dermatosis papulosa nigra lesions. Removal of these ‘facial moles’ is generally quick and simple.