5 Signs Your Mole Needs to Be Removed

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Having a few moles on your skin isn’t abnormal — it’s typical for people to have up to 40 moles on their body by the time they reach adulthood. Genetics and sun exposure each play a role in a mole’s appearance but many individuals have concerns about whether their moles are worth removing. It is true that, with time, a non-cancerous mole can turn into skin cancer, which is why it is important to receive regular skin evaluations if you have acquired new moles recently or noticed a change in the moles you already have.

When you have a large amount of moles on your body, you increase your risk of skin cancer, which is cause for you to schedule an evaluation with Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery. Here are some signs to look out for when examining your moles.

Irregular Shape

A mole with a blotchy border or ragged-looking edges can be a sign of skin cancer. Healthy moles should have a round shape and smooth texture.

Various Colours

Non-cancerous moles usually have a single colour; any moles that are varying shades of brown or black is abnormal and should be examined by a skin-care professional.

Changing Characteristics

Even if you have had a mole for years, it should rarely change its appearance. If you notice that the size, shape or colour of the mole has evolved, then it could be a sign of something more serious.

Easily Irritated

Moles should remain relatively dormant on your body, meaning they shouldn’t cause any discomfort. A mole that itches, bleeds or is otherwise painful is a cause for concern and should be evaluated.

New Appearances

By the age of 35, you should not see an increase in moles on your body. If you notice that one or more moles have appeared on the skin’s surface, you should consider having it examined, as it could be an indication of developing skin cancer.

Your Treatment Options

Most blemishes on the skin are non-cancerous, and may simply have an abnormal appearance due to genetics, but if you have concerns about a mole on your body, it is worth having it properly assessed by a doctor. At Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, we perform a number of biopsy procedures in order to tell whether a mole is cancerous.

If we do not suspect that the mole is cancerous or if we are unsure, we will do a shave biopsy of the area where a scalpel is used to remove a thin outer layer of the blemish. We will examine the skin and determine whether further treatment is necessary. If skin cancer is suspected, however, we will perform an excision biopsy and remove the entire mole using a surgical knife.

Once a mole is removed, the wound is closed with stitches and a small scar will be apparent after it has fully healed. Your recovery will typically depend on the location and size of the mole as well as the type of stitches used. You should take care not to engage in activities that would risk tearing your stitches.

It is still vital that you schedule routine skin assessments after you’ve had the mole removed or even if we determine that the mole is non-cancerous. For more information about mole removal or to schedule a consultation about a concerning blemish or mark, contact Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery on 03 9508 9508.