Diagnosing Moles & Birthmarks (Dysplastic Nevi)
Moles and birthmarks can also be known as Dysplastic nevi; which are usually irregular in size, shape and color and border. They can be located on sun-exposed or sun-spared skin areas. Dr. Sobel will point out to his patients which moles appear harmless and which could cause future problems and even develop into melanoma and potentially prove fatal. That is one of the wonderful aspects of and why Dr. Sobel loves to come to work every day. With just an educated viewing, he can usually tell if a patient needs further treatment for growth or if he can reassure the patient that nothing further has to be done.
Potential Risk Associated with Moles & Birthmarks (Dysplastic Nevi)
When dysplastic nevi are seen in patients who have a personal or family history of melanoma, the chances are even greater than this mole can become malignant. That is why Dr. Sobel always asks about the history of melanoma from every patient he sees.
Many moles and birthmarks on the skin are completely benign, and pose no threat to the person on whom they appear, even if they are unsightly. However, some “moles” may not be harmless. They may be dysplastic nevi, which have the potential to become melanomas.
Most birthmarks are benign, but some may have a malignant potential, and some may indicate systemic disease. Café au lait spots are evenly tan flat spots on the trunk and maybe in the armpit area also. They can indicate internal problems. Many skin changes can be associated with internal diseases, such as losing the lateral third of your eyebrow is associated with thyroid disease.
To be safe, moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by Dr. Sobel immediately:
- Larger than six millimeters
- Itches or bleeds
- Rapidly changes in color, size or shape
- Has multiple colors
- Is located where it can’t be easily monitored, such as on the scalp
Moles & Birthmarks Removal Treatment
Depending on their depth, location and color, as well as the patient’s skin type, age, and other factors, treatment for benign but unattractive birthmarks may take the form of laser or pulsed light therapy, microdermabrasion or surgical excision.
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If you are seeking mole removal treatment in New York City, our staff at Sobel Skin offers honest, human, forward-looking skincare to help you be your best, most refreshed self. Call 212.288.0060 fill out a form in the right-hand column of this page to book an initial treatment consultation with Dr. Sobel.