Moles are common growths on the skin that appear when melanocytes (pigment cells) develop in clusters, and vary greatly in their size, shape, and color. Many people choose to have moles removed in order to enhance the appearance of their skin. In addition, although moles are very common and rarely a cause for concern, it’s important to pay close attention to any changes in shape, size or pigmentation of moles – and to seek medical attention to have any suspicious moles examined. When a mole deviates in appearance from a common mole, it may be referred to as an atypical mole – which is often bigger than a common mole and its shape, color, surface and/or border may appear different.
Since it’s important to monitor any changes in your moles, having your moles checked once a year by a board-certified is a good idea. Dr. Barnett is experienced in examining moles and identifying anything that should be more closely observed or further examined (on rare occasions, moles can turn into cancerous growths called melanomas.) In examining moles on your own (all over your body, including between the fingers and toes and on your back, with help), we recommend using the ABCDE system:
A. Asymmetry—one half does not match the other
B. Border—edges are ragged or blurred
C. Color—uneven shades of brown, black, tan, red, white or blue
D. Diameter—a change in size (usually greater than 6mm, about the size of a pencil’s eraser)
E. Evolving/Evolution (any mole that is changing in appearance)
Moles can be removed for cosmetic or medical reasons, and Dr. Barnett is highly experienced in safely and effectively removing moles that are bothersome to you or if you don’t like the way they look. In addition, Dr. Barnett has years of expertise in detecting whether moles are suspicious and require further testing – call her today to schedule an appointment for any moles that you would like her to examine and evaluate, or to schedule a full-body skin cancer screening.
Don’t let unwanted moles hold you back from feeling confident in your skin. Take the first step towards a mole-free future by scheduling a consultation at Atlanta Skin Wellness Center, the premier dermatology clinic in Atlanta, Georgia. Our skilled dermatologists specialize in safe and effective mole removal procedures, using state-of-the-art techniques and advanced technology to deliver optimal results. Whether you have a bothersome mole or are concerned about potential health risks, our experienced team is here to provide personalized care and guide you through the process. Trust Atlanta Skin Wellness Center as your preferred dermatologist in Atlanta, Georgia, and regain your self-assurance with clear, blemish-free skin. Contact us today and let us help you achieve the flawless complexion you deserve.