Comprehensive Guide to Mole Removal: Understanding Types and Treatment Costs

While moles are very common, some can become unsightly and give you the appearance of a bumpy, uneven complexion. Changes in the moles can also indicate that skin cancer is present. It is vital that patients visit one of the best dermatologists in the area for skin cancer screenings, mole diagnosis, and mole removal. Dr. Ife Rodney and her team at Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetic Center of Columbia, Maryland, are here to help!

What are moles?

Moles, also known medically as nevi, are clusters of pigmented skin cells that appear as dark spots on the skin. They can range in color, appearing tan or dark brown, and may have a raised or flat appearance. Most people have multiple moles on their body, with the average person having between 10-40 moles by adulthood.

What are the different types of moles?

There are several different types of moles that may appear on the skin, including:

  • Common moles. These are round, small, or oval-shaped moles found anywhere on the body. They are usually harmless and do not require any treatment.
  • Atypical moles. Also known as dysplastic nevi, this type of mole has irregular borders and is larger than common moles. They may have multiple colors and can resemble melanoma, a type of skin cancer.
  • Congenital moles. Congenital moles are present from birth and can range from small to large. Larger genetic moles have an increased risk of developing into melanoma.
  • Acquired moles. Acquired moles often develop later in life and can be caused by sun exposure or hormonal changes.

What are the signs of a possible cancerous mole?

While most moles are harmless, monitoring them for any changes that may indicate skin cancer is important. They can be recalled easily by thinking ABCDE. Signs to look out for include:

  • Asymmetry. This is when one half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • Border irregularity. The mole’s borders are not smooth and may appear blurred or jagged.
  • Color variation. The mole has multiple colors or uneven shades of brown, black, red, white, or blue.
  • Diameter. Melanoma moles are usually larger in diameter than a pencil eraser (6mm).
  • Evolving. The mole changes in size, shape, or color.

If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodney for further evaluation and a potential biopsy.

How much does it cost to remove unwanted moles?

For the removal of unsightly moles or those with skin cancer, treatment costs range from $250 to $700, depending on the size, shape, and number of moles removed.

Safe and effective mole removal options exist!

At Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetic Center, Dr. Rodney can help you with mole removal, regardless of whether or not the mole is cancerous. Call (301) 479-6544 to request an appointment at the office or schedule an appointment online here on our website.

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