• Description

    These are melanocytic nevi or moles that appear usually within the first twenty-plus years of life. Moles are considered benign and do not necessarily require further treatment.

  • Cause

    Moles, also known as nevi, develop when melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells in the skin, grow in clusters instead of spreading evenly. The exact cause of moles is primarily genetic, with factors such as sun exposure and hormonal changes also playing a role in their formation. While most moles are benign, certain types, such as dysplastic nevi, may have a higher risk of developing into melanoma, highlighting the importance of regular skin examinations and monitoring for changes.

  • Treatment

    Moles can be removed by three different treatment options: excisional mole removal, shave mole removal, and laser mole removal. Excisional mole removal is a surgical procedure that results in minimal scarring and one to two weeks for recovery. Mole removal with the use of special instruments done in the office can also be accomplished without the use of sutures. Lasers such as fractional CO2 or fractional Erbium Yag can be done to improve the overall appearance post Mole excision and mole shave.