Mole Removal FAQs

Moles are skin growths that are typically harmless and very common, but certain moles can sometimes develop into skin cancer. With regular checkups, your dermatologist can help monitor any concerning moles and may remove them before they become a serious concern. Learn more about mole removal by reading below and by reaching out to your local skin experts at the Central Dermatology Center serving the Triangle Area of NC with offices in Cary, Chapel Hill, Fuquay-Varina, Pittsboro, Raleigh, and Sanford.

What To Look For?

Self-examinations are an important part of skin cancer prevention, this means regularly checking your skin, but it's important to know what to look for.

A common strategy for determining which moles are likely concerning is with ABCDE, each letter refers to the characteristics to look for.

Asymmetry, jagged Borders, a Color that is not uniform, the Diameter of about the size of the head of a pencil's eraser or larger, and Evolving, which means a change in any of the other characteristics over weeks months, or even years.

What Can You Expect?

There are a variety of mole removal methods and your dermatologist may recommend one over the other to fit your individual needs.

But generally these are all simple procedures with few side effects. Speak with your provider to learn which is right for you.

What Are Some Common Mole Removal Methods?

Your doctor may use liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole or an electric current to burn the top layers from a noncancerous mole. An alternative is to use a scalpel to shave off the mole or to excise it.

Mole Removal in Cary, Chapel Hill, Fuquay-Varina, Pittsboro, Raleigh, and Sanford

For help with skin cancer prevention and mole removal, you can schedule a visit with your local experts at the Central Dermatology Center, serving The Triangle Area of NC, by booking online, submitting an appointment request, or dialing 919-401-1994.