Moles, or nevi, are common, and most everyone recognizes a mole when they see one. But what is a mole exactly? A mole is simply a small cluster of pigmented cells, and they can be any number of colors on just about any part of your body.
Most moles are simply skin marks that are not cause for concern. Some moles, though, can develop into skin cancer. Understanding when your mole needs to be examined by Dr. Sally Booth helps ensure that your skin is healthy.
Your skin contains pigment, or melanin, that gives your skin color. Melanin is produced by special cells known as melanocytes. While these unique cells typically create a smooth, even skin tone, sometimes they grow in small clusters and create a mole.
So which moles should cause you concern? There are a few indicators that can help you know when to seek the guidance and expertise of Dr. Sally Booth. Large moles that are present at birth, known as congenital nevi, are more likely to develop into malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The other type of mole that can lead to malignant melanoma is an atypical mole, or dysplastic nevi. These moles have a diameter of 1/4 inch or larger, similar to the diameter of a pencil eraser. They also have an irregular shape with dark centers and lighter edges. Lastly, having 20 or more moles or developing a new mole after age 35 may mean that you have a higher risk for developing melanoma.
If you have a mole that may indicate skin cancer, Dr.Sally Booth takes a biopsy of the mole. If skin cancer is not a concern, the mole is removed surgically by either excising or cutting out the mole and healthy tissue around the mole, or by shaving the mole, which means that only the mole is removed. In some cases, Dr. Sally Booth may recommend laser therapy to remove your mole.
The price of mole removal varies for each person depending on the extent of treatment necessary. Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center of Indianapolis and Carmel accepts CareCredit® financing options that work with every budget! Please speak to our concierge team for more information.
Dr. Sally A. Booth and her staff will be happy to discuss the details with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in Carmel or Indianapolis. Dr. Booth and his staff at Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center provide personalized care to residents of Indianapolis and Carmel with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call (317) 848-2427 to speak with our friendly staff.