Dermatology located in Fairfax, VA

Moles can be familiar and harmless, but when they cause discomfort or change appearance, it’s essential to seek professional evaluation and treatment. The team of expert dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax provides comprehensive and effective solutions for removing moles while protecting your skin’s health. Book your consultation by calling the Fairfax, Virginia, office or scheduling online.

How do moles form?

Moles, medically known as nevi, are common formations of pigmented skin. They’re usually harmless; the average person may have several across their body since moles can grow anywhere.

Moles can blend in or contrast with the skin around them and vary in height and size. Some moles disappear over time.

They become more of a concern if you notice them changing in appearance or if they cause discomfort by getting caught on clothing or jewelry. For your comfort and peace of mind, don’t hesitate to get moles evaluated by the expert team at Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax.

What can I expect from a mole evaluation?

Getting your skin examined as a part of an annual physical is a good idea, especially if you have several moles or have experienced sun damage.

However, you don’t have to wait for your next physical if you notice changes in one or more moles. Use this ABCDE guide to help you decide when to get a dermatologist’s opinion:

  • Asymmetry — the mole looks different from one side to the other
  • Border — the borders of the mole are notched, irregular, or scalloped
  • Color changes — the mole changes color or becomes multicolored
  • Diameter — unexpected growth (especially in moles over 1/4 inch wide)
  • Evolving — the mole changes size, shape, color, or height

If you notice unusual symptoms, such as itching or bleeding, contact the Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax team immediately.

What treatment is available for moles?

Your provider discusses your options to remove moles with as little disruption to the surrounding skin as possible, balancing your aesthetic goals with your health needs.

After numbing the area for your comfort, they may utilize one of the following:

Shave biopsy

For this treatment, your provider uses a medical-grade razor to remove the mole carefully.

Punch biopsy

Your provider may use a circular tool (or “punch”) to eliminate the concern.

Scalpel removal

They may use a scalpel for meticulous removal. If the mole covers a large area, your provider may use stitches to jumpstart your healing process.

After treatment, the team may send the mole to a lab to ensure it’s benign and contact you promptly with the results.

Call the Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax office or book online today to speak with their skilled and caring dermatologists about a mole evaluation.