WHAT ARE MOLES & BIRTHMARKS?
Moles and birthmarks are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin that range in color from tan, brown and black (moles) to red, pink or purple (vascular lesions, such as strawberry hemangiomas or port wine stains).
WHAT CHANGES SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN MOLES AND BIRTHMARKS?
Though most congenital nevi (moles one is born with) are harmless, some of them may develop into skin cancer. Moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by a board certified dermatologist 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
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR MOLES AND BIRTHMARKS?
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 include laser, pulsed light therapy, or surgical excision.