Skin Mole Symptoms and Causes

Mole Identification Seattle

A usually noncancerous disorder of pigment-producing skin cells commonly called birth marks or moles.

Incidence: Common
○ On average we have about 15 moles per person though some have considerably more.
○ Treatment can help by removing individual lesions
○ Usually self-diagnosable
○ Lab tests may be required if the lesion is suspicious looking.
○ Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

This type of mole can be large and caused by a disorder involving melanocytes, cells that produce pigment (melanin). Melanocytic nevi can be rough, flat, or raised. They can exist at birth or appear later. Rarely, melanocytic nevi can become cancerous. Most cases don't require treatment, but some cases require removal of the mole to ensure it is not in the process of changing. In many cases we will remove moles from the face for cosmetic reasons only.

Cause of moles: Moles are caused when cells in the skin (melanocytes) grow in clusters or clumps. Melanocytes are distributed throughout your skin and produce melanin, the natural pigment that gives your skin its color.

What do skin moles look like?

Skin moles require a medical diagnosis: Moles can be rough, flat, or raised. They can exist at birth or appear later. Rarely, moles can become cancerous. Patients may experience birthmark, skin discoloration, skin bumps and occasionally increased hair in the birthmark.

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Removing Moles:

Self-care Treatment for skin moles: We currently do not recommend any self-care products for Mole Identification or removal. We would highly recommend being seen by a board-certified dermatologist which you can do here.

Our Clinical Removal of Skin Moles:

Most cases don't require treatment, but some cases require removal of the mole. Medical procedures include biopsy or surgical removal. Cosmetic removal of facial moles is done with a specialized laser. Preventative steps include Sun protection.

IF YOU REQUIRE SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT, A CLINICAL APPOINTMENT IS RECOMMENDED

Our Board-Certified Dermatologists and Derm PA's will take you through consultation, diagnosis, and treatment as efficiently as possible. Have a professional put your mind at ease. Contact us for an appointment today.