Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Dysplastic Moles Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
People who have unusual or atypical moles are said to be afflicted with dysplastic nevi, which is a condition in which unusually shaped moles appear on the skin. These moles may be irregular in color and have rough or jagged borders. They are also normally larger than a pencil eraser. Patients near Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area who notice an unusual mole and would like to have it examined can visit Clear Lake Dermatology.
Dysplastic moles are thought to be hereditary and are more common among Caucasians than any other race. While these moles are not normally cancerous, people who are affected with them tend to have a greater risk of developing melanoma at a later time. Anyone who notices changes in the color and size of dysplastic moles should contact a dermatologist, as this is an indication that melanoma may be developing.
Discovering an atypical mole can be stressful due to the uncertain nature of these growths. If you have a mole you are concerned about; your best course of action is to visit Clear Lake Dermatology. One of our board certified dermatologists will make sure you receive the proper treatment so you can remain worry free.
Dysplastic Moles Treatment
Upon examination, our doctors might recommend taking a biopsy of a dysplastic mole to determine if cancerous cells are present. This biopsy can involve taking a scraping of the mole, cutting a small section away, or removing the entire growth. Once a sample has been taken, it will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Should this testing reveal melanoma, our doctors will likely recommend the mole be completely removed.
Dysplastic moles that develop unusual growth patterns could also require removal. Patients might want them removed if they become irritated or rub against their clothing. Removing an atypical mole is normally done under local anesthesia and can be performed by our doctors in the Clear Lake Dermatology clinic. The growth is cut away with a surgical instrument, and the wound is sewn shut. If melanoma is suspected, a small amount of surrounding tissue may be removed, as well.
Dysplastic Moles and Skin Cancer
Dysplastic moles can become cancerous, but most do not. Visit a professional at Clear Lake Dermatology if you notice any of the following:
- The color changes
- It gets smaller or bigger
- It changes in shape, texture, or height
- The skin on the surface becomes dry or scaly
- It becomes hard or feels lumpy
- It starts to itch
- It bleeds or ooze