Moles are very common. Almost everyone has a couple of moles. Moles are dark pigments that come in various sizes and colors. They are made of a buildup of melanocytes, which are the cells that give our skin its color. People with light skin tend to have many moles, this is completely normal. However, for some, moles can be problematic when it comes to cosmetic goals or health. Some moles can become cancerous. It is important to observe your moles for any changes. If you are looking for a treatment to remove moles from your skin, then talk to Dr. Krathen here at Essential Dermatology.
What Causes Moles?
Moles are caused by melanocytes. When these pigment-causing cells cluster together in a certain area, a mole starts to form. This can happen naturally over the course of your life. If a mole is created due to UV exposure, it can result in a cancerous activity which could be life-threatening. This is often indicated by changes in the mole and its appearance.
Symptoms of Moles
- Raised or flat texture
- Dark pigment, brown or black in color
- Can be hairless or develop hairs
- Small, pigmented areas
- Round shape
Treatments for Moles
Depending on whether you are looking for cosmetic treatment or melanoma treatment, Dr. Krathen will pick the most effective method. Most often when people want to remove their moles for cosmetic purposes, surgical excision is done. If the mole has cancerous activity, Dr. Krathen will need to examine how far it has spread to find the right option for you. Often, surgical excision, curettage, or cryotherapy is used to remove it.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are unhappy with your moles or suspect cancerous activity, meet with Dr. Krathen at Essential Dermatology to discuss your options. He will work with you to find the most effective treatment that will suit your goals, concerns, and lifestyle. To get started, call our office at (508) 827-2615 or request a consultation by filling out our online form. To book an appointment, schedule your visit as a new patient using our online scheduler or as an existing patient using the Mass General Brigham Patient Gateway.
Meet Dr. Michael Krathen
Dr. Michael Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist with more than a decade of medical training and experience. A specialist in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, he uses expertise, collaboration, and compassion to help people of all ages discover their healthiest and most radiant skin.