Mole Removal

Vanguard Dermatology

Dermatologists located throughout New York, NY

Moles are normal and common skin growths; most adults have between 10-40 moles. However, if you notice that a mole is changing or if it’s located in a place that makes you feel self-conscious or unattractive, call the team at Vanguard Dermatology. They offer expert mole removal services at their seven offices located in New York City, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, and Staten Island, New York. Make an appointment by calling the practice or booking online today.

Mole Removal Q & A

What are Moles?

A mole is a cluster or clump of skin cells including a high density of melanocytes, which give it a brown or black color. Most moles grow during childhood and adolescence as your body matures and may lighten or darken as you grow up.

In most cases, moles are benign skin blemishes, although if you develop new moles as an adult or notice that an existing mole is changing shape, size, or color, you should talk to a dermatologist and get checked for skin cancer.

How Can a Dermatologist Remove Moles?

If you want to have a mole removed, whether it’s to prevent cancer or because you don’t like the way your mole looks, the team of expert dermatologists at Vanguard Dermatology offers a variety of removal methods.

Your treatment begins with an exam, in which your dermatologist checks your moles and talks to you about your skin concerns and why you want to have the mole removed. They may ask about your history of sun exposure and sunburns and if you or anyone in your family is troubled by skin cancer. Your doctor may perform a biopsy of your mole to check for cancerous cells.

Your dermatologist may remove your mole during the same appointment, or they may schedule an additional appointment to remove your mole. Some of the techniques they may use include:

  • Surgical excision —  your doctor uses a scalpel to scoop out the mole
  • Surgical shave — your doctor uses a scalpel to scrape away the mole
  • Mohs surgery your doctor performs a microsurgery where they remove the mole one small sliver at a time to reduce damage to healthy tissue
  • Cryotherapy — your doctor freezes the mole
  • Laser treatment — your doctor uses a laser to cut the mole off of your skin

You should never try to remove a mole or other skin growth at home. Always make an appointment with an expert dermatologist like the team at Vanguard Dermatology for safe and effective mole-removal procedures.

What Should I Expect After Mole Removal?

After your doctor removes your mole, they may need to close the incision with a stitch, and you will need to wear a bandage for a few days as your surgical site heals. You may be a little sore or tender to touch after your surgery, but cold compresses and over-the-counter painkillers should relieve your discomfort. You have a follow-up appointment with your dermatologist so they can check that your skin is healing as expected.

Call Vanguard Dermatology or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your mole removal options.