These pink, brown, or black spots come in all shapes and sizes, typically forming on areas of skin that are regularly exposed to sunlight. There are several kinds of moles, however, so regular mole exams and skin cancer screenings are important, especially for individuals who have multiple moles, skin tags, and other types of skin problems.
Types of Moles
Moles often fade over time, but may also darken or even change shape. Regular skin screenings are recommended because changes in shape, size, color, or texture can indicate problematic cell changes.
Some of the most common types of moles include the standard round, brown, flat mole called “common nevi”, but also include other types.
- Atypical Nevi – These moles are usually irregularly shaped and often larger than others. They can be raised or flat, and may indicate a higher risk for skin cancer.
- Congenital Nevi – As the name suggests, you are born with these moles.
- Dermal Melanocytic Nevi – This light brown, raised mole is very common, and closely resembles the common nevi.
- Halo Nevi – These small moles are surrounded by a white ring.
- Junctional Melanocytic Nevi – These moles are usually brown, round, and flat, but have irregular or jagged borders.
- Miescher Nevi – These moles are brownish, raised, and may have a hair growing from them. They are often found on the face or neck.
- Unna Nevi – Similar to the Miescher nevi, these are typically located on the arms, neck, or torso, and may resemble a berry.
Mole Removal in Chicago
There are many reasons why people have moles removed. Cancerous moles need to be removed for health reasons, while other moles may cause itching or irritation. Mole removal as a cosmetic procedure is common, as well, in order to boost one’s self confidence.
Whatever the reason may be, Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology can remove moles in a simple office procedure. At your consultation, we will discuss the moles in question and the recommended method of removal.
At the time of removal, we will apply local anesthesia to numb the area, then either shave the mole off or surgically remove it. The method will depend on the type and location of the mole. Both procedures are virtually pain-free and leave little to no scarring.
Board Certified Dermatologists – Chicago, IL
Our mole removal procedures are handled by our staff of board certified dermatologists. The procedure is completely safe and full recovery typically only takes 2-3 weeks.
For more information about skin cancer screenings or mole removal procedures, please contact our offices. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to schedule an appointment at your convenience.