At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to assisting patients in the Centreville area with their skin care concerns. When problems develop, including moles, patients may want to ask a professional about the methods available for removal. Mole removal in our office is typically performed with laser therapy.
What are moles and skin growths?
First, it is important to understand the development of moles. They are actually a collection of highly pigmented skin cells that create a mark on the skin’s surface. For many patients, moles are not a concern. However, changes in moles may indicate a concern such as skin cancer. Patients who have changing moles are encouraged to visit the team at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia. to determine if their changing mole is a sign of skin cancer. This may be achieved with a biopsy, during which a small portion of the mole is removed and sent to a laboratory for evaluation. A biopsy is the best way to determine if patients have cancer. If skin cancer is found, patients need to speak with Dr. Neeraja Mattay about appropriate treatment options.
Moles that are not cancerous can be removed via various methods. However, the favorite way to address these skin growths for patients visiting Dr. Neeraja Mattay is with laser therapy.
Laser light has been used for many years in dentistry and dermatology. The medical field has found that laser therapy is incredibly effective in the treatment of a variety of conditions in medicine. With laser lights, patients can have moles and skin growths quickly and easily removed.
Is this method safe?
Lasers continue to be the go-to method for the treatment of many skin conditions, and our practice encourages patients to think about using laser therapies for improving texture, tone, and removing moles and skin growths. Our practice is equipped with lasers that have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration and have been found to be effective. Using these devices on the skin has allowed our team to transform patients and give them the self-confidence they have always wanted. Our team is well-trained and experienced in providing laser treatments to ensure efficacy and safety.
Who is a candidate for laser mole removal?
Most patients are able to enjoy treatment of the mole with lasers. Lasers used to be problematic for patients of certain skin types and ethnicities, though advances have allowed all patients to benefit from this method of treatment. Regardless, we want our patients to consult us first before moving forward with a treatment, so we can assess their condition and check for other concerns before removal such as skin cancer.
How do I know if a mole is cancerous?
It may be difficult for patients to determine if they have a mole or skin growth that may indicate cancer. The main issue to look for is changes in the size, shape, and color of the mole. Patients of all ages and ethnicities should undergo annual skin cancer screenings, during which a dermatologist will evaluate the skin from head to toe to look for growths which may be indicative of cancer. In these situations, our dermatologist may suggest a biopsy to check for skin cancer before actually removing the mole with laser therapy.
If you are interested in learning more about the services and treatments we offer, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.