Mole Removal at Alta Health Group in Naples, FL
Mole removal may be recommended to allow a physician to evaluate a suspicious skin growth for signs of cancer. Additionally, while most moles are harmless and do not require treatment, some people elect to have them removed for cosmetic reasons, or because they experience discomfort when a mole rubs against clothing or jewelry. The experienced team of medical professionals at Alta Health Group in Naples, FL, provide mole removal and other healthcare services on a walk-in basis.
Most people have a least a few moles, which may be present at birth or appear during the first 20 years of life. Many moles are brownish in color (due to a skin pigment called melanin), but they can also be black, blue, or flesh-colored. It’s important for everyone to regularly check their skin and become familiar with their moles.
If you notice any changes in a mole, it’s always best to consult with a physician who can perform an examination and mole removal, if necessary (followed by a lab analysis for signs of cancer). For instance, you are encouraged to come to Alta Health Group in Naples, Florida, if you have a mole that changes in:
- Size, especially if it appears to broaden and spread
- Borders, particularly if its outline becomes irregular
- Shape, such that it becomes asymmetrical (the two halves don’t match)
- Color, or if different shades appear in the same mole
- Surface appearance; specifically, scaling, crusting, oozing, or bleeding
Mole removal techniques can vary based on the size, type, and location of a mole. For instance, a physician may perform a shave biopsy to remove only the outermost layers of a mole, a punch biopsy to remove a deeper plug of skin tissue, or an excision biopsy to remove an entire lesion (this approach may be used if cancer is suspected). Regardless of the mole removal method used, the skin will be numbed beforehand to minimize any discomfort. In most cases, the process is relatively quick and produces minimal scarring.
If you notice a change in your skin or are interested in mole removal, you are encouraged to stop by the Alta Health Group urgent care center in Naples, FL, for evaluation and treatment. Additionally, we advise against using home remedies for mole removal, which can result in unnecessary scarring, and also fail to identify cancerous changes.